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Effects of Motivation on Test Performance of First Year Covenant University Students

Adekeye, Olujide A and Aremu, Oluyori and Ademuwagun, Olufunke E (2012) Effects of Motivation on Test Performance of First Year Covenant University Students. Journal of Education and Practice, 3 (13). pp. 65-73. ISSN 2222-288X

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of motivation on test performance of first year Covenant University students, Ota, Ogun State. The study adopted pre-test, post-test experimental design. Data for the study were obtained from sixty (60) students with age range between 15 and 18 years (average age = 16.5 years). Participants were randomly assigned to three conditions using independent group design. The independent and dependent variables were motivation and test performance respectively. The two hypotheses were analysed using Mann- Whitney U test. The result shows a significant difference between the result of the unrewarded students in the control group and students rewarded with verbal praise in the experimental group (U = 61.000, N1 = 20, N2 = 20, p< 0.05, one-tailed). There was also a significant difference between the result of the students rewarded with primary reinforcers and the unrewarded students in the control group (U = 45.000, N1 = 20, N2 = 20, p< 0.05, one-tailed). This study justifies the importance of motivation on test performance. To improve students’ academic performance, teachers are encouraged to motivate their students. Key words: Teachers, motivation, test performance, Ota

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Dr. Olujide A Adekeye
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 22:22
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2012 22:22
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/921

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