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The relationships between students´ achievements, self-efficacy and motivation in biology education
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Students´ achievements in scientific subjects, such as biology, have stringently declined during the past decade. In order to disrupt these declining results in scientific subjects it´s important to identify factors leading to decreased academic achievements within the scientific subjects. This study aims to investigate the association between students´ achievements in biology and self-efficacy beliefs, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation and amotivation among 120 Swedish students with an age between thirteen and fifteen years s. A self-efficacy sub-scale of the “Motivational for Learning Questionnaire” (MSLQ) was used to evaluate students´ self-efficacy beliefs and an “Academic Motivation Scale for Learning Biology” (AMSLB) was used to determine students´ motivation to learn biology. The results showed a significant positive correlation between students´ biology achievement and self-efficacy beliefs, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Further, a significant negative correlation was found between students´ biology achievement and amotivation. These findings indicates that both self-efficacy beliefs, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation could be important underlying factors that positively impact students´ achievements in biology. 

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2017. , p. 17
Keyword [en]
biology achievement, self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, amotivation
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60316DiVA, id: diva2:1069551
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Biology
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Supplementary educational programme, 90 credits
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