Expectancy Value Theory and Low Stakes Tests

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Expectancy Value Theory and Low Stakes Tests
Article Overview
The main research question in the article “Predicting student achievement for low stakes tests with effort and task value” written by Cole, Bergin, and Whittaker (2008), was: What is the motivation for taking low stakes tests? The study purposes included researching the effect of student perceptions of three task values (interest, usefulness, and importance)
on low stakes test performance. The researchers wanted to find out if this would be mediated by the reported effort of the students. They hypothesized that all three task value components would play a significant role in predicting test-taking effort. Furthermore, they felt that effort would significantly predict test...
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.....e article were conducted with much younger participants, basic teaching methods could benefit from the wonderful insight gained. Educators might like to know how to cultivate a more involved academic philosophy within students such that they might think twice in life before ever taking any test lightly. Perhaps this approach smacks of idealism, but educators are blessed with a certain amount of leeway regarding idealism as they are in fact charged with helping to train the minds of the individuals who will be in charge of the future of the planet.
References
Cole, J.S., Bergin, D.A., & Whittaker, T.A. (2008). Predicting student achievement for low
stakes tests with effort and task value. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33, 609–624/