The Academic Motivation Levels in Turkish Middle Schools

Volume 5- Issue 3
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the students’ academic motivation levels that have high effects on learning environment. A Self Determination Theory of Deci and Ryan were introduced in this study. The data were collected using quantitative research method. A questionnaire survey of the academic motivation scale was conducted in eleven middle schools in Serdivan, Turkey. The responses of 722 participants were analyzed using the SPSS package program on significance levels of 5%. Analysis shows that scores of intrinsic motivation to experience stimulation, intrinsic motivation to know, intrinsic motivation toward accomplishments, extrinsic motivation introjected and extrinsic motivation external regulation differ significantly in all fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation identified and amotivation scores did not differ significantly in all middle school grades. However, more initiatives are needed to deliver maximum achievement through motivation in both private and public schools.


  • Academic motivation scale
  • intrinsic motivation
  • extrinsic motivation
  • amotivation
  • self-determination theory.
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