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Measuring academic intrinsic motivation in the first year of college: Reliability and validity evidence for a new instrument


Author(s): French, B. F., & Oakes, W.

Citation: French, B. F., & Oakes, W. (2003). Measuring academic intrinsic motivation in the first year of college: Reliability and validity evidence for a new instrument. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 15(2), 83-102.

 

Abstract

This study surveyed first-year students from a large public university to measure intrinsic motivation for academic work. The instrument was based on a taxonomy of four types of intrinsic motivators: challenge, control, curiosity, and career outlook. Results from empirical item analyses, reliability analyses, and confirmatory factor analyses are provided and suggest that the instrument is a promising tool for the assessment of intrinsic motivation for academic work with first-year students.

 

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