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Carmichael, Colin – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2015
At a time when Australia's international competitiveness is compromised by a shortage of skilled workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers, reports suggest a decline in Australian secondary school students' performances in international tests of mathematics. This study focuses on the mathematics performance…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematical Aptitude
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Magson, Natasha R.; Craven, Rhonda G.; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian H. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Over the last two decades, social capital has received increasing attention in the international literature. Despite the popularity of the construct, problems concerning definition, theoretical conceptualisation, and measurement continue to plague research and policy in this area. This investigation aimed to address this gap by developing a new…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Mental Health, Measures (Individuals), Test Construction
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Chandrasena, Wanasinghe; Craven, Rhonda G.; Tracey, Danielle; Dillon, Anthony – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Every sphere of life has been revolutionised by science. Thus, science understanding is an increasingly precious resource throughout the world. Despite the widely recognised need for better science education, the percentage of school students studying science is particularly low, and the numbers of students pursuing science continue to decline…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires, Psychometrics
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Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Craven, Rhonda G.; Kaur, Gurvinder – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Motivation research has shown significant relations of students' mastery goal orientation and perceived competence to educational outcomes, but has not simultaneously scrutinized their relative influences on various educational outcomes. In the present investigation, a sample of Australian students from 6 secondary schools in Western Sydney (N =…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Goal Orientation, Competence
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Abraham, Jessy; Barker, Katrina – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Currently there is a need for measures to examine the issue of sustaining students' enrolment intentions over an extended period of study in physics, a subject which is generally perceived as hard and demanding by students. This paper addresses this gap in research by describing the development and the assessment of psychometric properties of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Physics, Secondary School Science
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Vickers, Margaret; Finger, Linda; Barker, Katrina; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
A significant body of literature attests to the influence of social contexts on students' engagement with school. A review of this literature led to the construction of a self-report instrument designed to measure Social-Relational Support for Education (SRSE). The conceptual framework underlying the SRSE instrument focuses on the factors that can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity
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Bowles, Terry – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2012
A cohort of female adolescents from 11 to 18 Years of age (n = 325) completed a questionnaire based on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (Gardner, 1999) to examine their perception of their talents as they progressed through secondary school. Results showed that the highest ranking talents were Physical and Sport Activity, and Language…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Multivariate Analysis, Multiple Intelligences, Talent
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Abd-El-Fattah, Sabry M.; Patrick, Rosan R. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2011
The aim of the present study is to examine the relationships among achievement motivation orientations and academic achievement and interest and whether achievement goals mediate these relationships. A sample of 503 students aged 14-16 years from 8 secondary schools in two Australia cities responded to a questionnaire package, comprising measures…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Motivation, Program Effectiveness
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Mansfield, Caroline F. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2010
Student motivation during adolescence has become an increasingly important issue for educators and researchers. Using a goal theory perspective, researchers have investigated a range of goals (including achievement goals, social goals and future goals) that influence students' desire to achieve at school. The present study examines the range of…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Student Motivation, Adolescents, Researchers
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Dorman, Jeffrey P. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2009
This paper reports the partitioning of variance in scale scores from the use of three classroom environment instruments. Data sets from the administration of the What Is Happening In this Class (WIHIC) to 4,146 students, the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI) to 2,167 students and the Catholic School Classroom Environment Questionnaire…
Descriptors: Likert Scales, Questionnaires, Classroom Environment, Scores
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Chua, Siew Lian; Wong, Angela F. L.; Chen, Der-Thanq – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2009
Associations between the nature of Chinese Language Classroom Environments and Singapore secondary school students' motivation to learn the Chinese Language were investigated. A sample of 1,460 secondary three (grade 9) students from 50 express stream (above average academic ability) classes in Singapore government secondary schools was involved…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Multiple Regression Analysis, Foreign Countries, Grade 9
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Lubans, David R.; Sylva, Kathy; Morgan, Philip J. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2007
Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the demographic, social and psychological factors associated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among a sample of secondary school students (N = 402). Methods: Students completed a questionnaire which examined their level of participation in MVPA and sedentary behaviours…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Academic Achievement
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Brown, Gavin T. L.; Hirschfield, Gerrit H. F. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2007
A study of New Zealand secondary school students using four self-report inventories of conceptions of assessment found four robust independent measurement models. Four structural models mapped the conceptions of assessment to mathematics achievement taking into account student ethnicity and student sex. The conceptions that assessment makes…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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King, Michael G. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2007
An improved method for the assessment of Social Development of secondary school students is described. For those with Social Development difficulties, the "Vineland Classroom" Edition can be used and interpreted to provide an Adaptive Behaviour Composite score. Prior to the present development, the "Classroom" Edition was only…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Social Development, Secondary School Students, Student Evaluation