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Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement in Mathematics in Elementary School: A Longitudinal Investigation of Their Association.

Garon-Carrier, G.; Boivin, M.; Guay, F.; Kovas, Yulia; Dionne, G.; Lemelin, JP.; Séguin, J.R.; Vitaro, F. and Tremblay, R.E.. 2015. Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement in Mathematics in Elementary School: A Longitudinal Investigation of Their Association. Child Development, 87(1), pp. 165-175. ISSN 0009-3920 [Article]

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This study examined the associations between intrinsic motivation and achievement in mathematicsin a sample of 1478 Canadian school-agechildren followed from grades 1 to 4 (age 7-10). Children self-reported their intrinsic motivation toward mathematics, whereas achievement was measured through direct assessment of mathematics abilities. Cross-lagged models showed that achievement predicted intrinsic motivation from grades 1 to 2, and from grades 2 to 4. However, intrinsic motivation did not predict achievement at any time. This developmental pattern of association was gender invariant. Contrary to the hypothesis that motivation and achievement are reciprocally associated over time,our results point to a directional association from prior achievement to subsequent intrinsic motivation. Results are discussed in light of their theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12458

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
9 November 2015Published Online

Item ID:

20661

Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2017 12:54

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2017 15:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20661

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