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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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RUIZ, Valdete Maria. Value of learning tasks for university students of nocturnal courses. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.2, pp.451-460. ISSN 1413-8557.

The objective was to verify the occurrence of differences in motivational variable task value between beginners and students of the last year of three courses of the nocturnal period of one private universitary center. It counted with the participation of 120 students, being 20 of the first and 20 of the fourth year of de courses of Administration, Computer Science and Physical Education. The data were obtained through the questionnaire Academic Motivation and Attitudes, elaborated from the translation and adaptation of the instrument MSLQ. The analyses of the variance indicated significant difference at minor in the group of the fourth year of Computer Science in relation to the others (p?0,05). The results are discussed based on the motivation expectancy-value model, suggesting that the component value or intrinsic interest was the main responsible for the reduction of the value that these participants attributed to their learning tasks.

Keywords : Motivation; Higher Education; Attitudes.

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