Title: The direct and indirect effect of motivation for learning on students’ approaches to learning, through perceptions of workload and task complexity
Authors: Kyndt, Eva ×
Dochy, Filip
Cascallar, Eduardo
Struyven, Katrien #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Series Title: Higher Education Research & Development vol:30 issue:2 pages:135-150
Abstract: The present study investigates the direct and indirect influence of motivation for learning, as understood by the self-determination theory, on students’ approaches to learning. Concerning the direct influence of motivation, results show that autonomous motivation is positively related to a deep approach to learning and negatively to a surface approach. Motivation also has an indirect effect on students’ approaches to learning through the perceptions of workload and task complexity, in particular through the perception of a lack of information. The greater the extent to which students are autonomously motivated, the less they perceive that they have a lack of information and the less they are inclined to adopt a surface approach to learning.
ISSN: 0729-4360
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Educational Sciences Research Units (-)
Education and Training
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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