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Behavioral engagement and disaffection in school activities: exploring a model of motivational facilitators and performance outcomes

By Antonio González, Paola-Verónica Paoloni, Danilo Donolo and Cristina Rinaudo


Previous research has shown that perceived control, task value, behavioral engagement and disaffection are personal determinants of academic performance. However, little research has simultaneously examined these constructs in secondary education. The present study analyzed the structural relationships between these variables and the role of engagement and disaffection as mediators of control and value on performance. Participants were 446 students (51.3% girls) ranging in age from 12 to 16 years attending six Spanish compulsory secondary schools (from 7th to 10th grades). The variables were assessed over a nine-month period. Structural equation models results confirmed the hypotheses: control and value significantly predicted engagement, disaffection, and performance; engagement and disaffection predicted performance and partially mediated the effects from control and value on performance. Implications for psychoeducational theory and practice are discussed

Topics: Educación Secundaria, control percibido, valor de la tarea, compromiso académico, desafección, rendimiento académico, Psychology, BF1-990
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.6018/analesps.32.1.176981
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