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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

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NEVES, Edna Rosa Correia  and  BORUCHOVITCH, Evely. Students' motivation in the context of the continuous progression. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.1, pp. 77-85. ISSN 0102-3772.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722004000100010.

This study investigated the intrinsic and extrinsic motivacional orientations of students in the context of the educational continuous progression. The sample was composed of 160 subjects of second, fourth, sixth and eighth grades of the elementary school. Data was collected by means of the presentation of histories involving the intrinsic, extrinsic motivation and the educational continuous progression system. Subjects were interviewed individually. Their answers were transcribed verbatim and submitted to content analysis. Results indicated that a expressive percentage of students did not know the educational system of continuous progression. Students revealed a predominantly intrinsic motivation orientation with advances in age and in school grade level, even though knowing that they will not repeat any school grade. This study pointed out the importance of deepening our knowledge concerning the impact of the educational continuous progression in students' motivation to learn.

Keywords : student motivation; continuous progression; elementary school.

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