"Is There a Problem or Is He Just Bone Lazy?": A Study of Children with Low Academic Motivation

Gilmore, Linda & Boulton-Lewis, Gillian (2005) "Is There a Problem or Is He Just Bone Lazy?": A Study of Children with Low Academic Motivation. In Gilmore, Linda A. & Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. (Eds.) 40th APS Annual Conference, 28 September - 2 October, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

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Children who are poorly motivated at school are at risk of academic underachievement and a range of other adverse social, economic and health outcomes. Attributions of laziness, reflected in comments about children needing to "try harder" and "make more effort" may mask specific cognitive and learning characteristics that explain low motivation in many children. This paper reports preliminary findings from an ongoing study of "lazy" children in the early years of primary school. In order to investigate possible explanations for low academic motivation such as learning difficulties, anxiety disorders, intellectual impairment, attentional problems and giftedness, children were assessed using appropriate psycho-educational instruments, tasks and questionnaires. The discussion focuses on developing a deeper understanding of academic motivation in the early school years through illustrative profiles of poorly motivated children.

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ID Code: 2091
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: academic motivation, underachievement, lazy children
ISBN: 0909881278
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Psychological Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:38

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