Does Positive Perception of Oneself Boost Learning Motivation and Performance?

15 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2012

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Kwanghyun Kim

Korea University Business School

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Dan S. Chiaburu

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Kenneth G. Brown

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

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Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

We examine whether core self‐evaluations (CSEs) affect learning motivation and performance beyond individual‐level established predictors of general mental ability and conscientiousness. Based on self‐regulation theories, we develop and test a process model, whereby learning motivation mediates the effects of CSE on performance. We also compare the explanatory value of single and multidimensional models of learning motivation. Using a longitudinal design and data from 631 students, we provide support for the proposed model, indicating the usefulness of CSE as another important, indirect predictor of performance in a learning setting via multiple dimensions of learning motivation: self‐efficacy, goal setting, and goal commitment. The results also indicate the superiority of the multidimensional model of learning motivation over the unidimensional model of learning motivation as a mediator. We conclude with the discussion of theoretical and practical implications of this finding for management education.

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Kim, Kwanghyun and Oh, In-Sue and Chiaburu, Dan S. and Brown, Kenneth G., Does Positive Perception of Oneself Boost Learning Motivation and Performance? (September 2012). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 257-271, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2125656 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00598.x

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Kenneth G. Brown

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