Investigating the Appropriateness and Validity of the Academic Motivation Scale-College Version for South African First-Year University Students
AbstractSouth African universities have one of the lowest graduation rates in the world, especially amongstfirst-year university students. South Africaâ€™s first-year university students are taxed with tremendouschallenges. One of the most important amongst these challenges is considered to be academicmotivation, which is strongly related to studentsâ€™ academic success. Despite this, to date, little work hasbeen undertaken to source and validate a reliable instrument to measure studentsâ€™ academic motivation.This article is based on the proposition that there is a pressing need for a valid and reliable instrumentthat measures academic motivation and its effect on studentsâ€™ academic success. The psychometricproperties of the Academic Motivation Scale-College version were examined for first-year universitystudents. The findings are promising for using this scale to measure academic motivation of first-yearuniversity students.
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