The Relation between Interests and Grades : Path Analyses in Primary School Age

Professorship/Faculty: Lehrstuhl für Empirische Bildungsforschung ; Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe e.V. (LIfBi) an der Universität Bamberg 
Author(s): von Maurice, Jutta; Dörfler, Tobias; Artelt, Cordula
Title of the Journal: International Journal of Educational Research
ISSN: 0883-0355
Publisher Information: Amsterdam [u.a.] : Elsevier Science
Year of publication: 2014
Volume: 64
Pages / Size: 1 - 11
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2013.09.011
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-105161
Document Type: Article
Within the school context substantial correlations between interests and grades are well documented, but the causal ordering still remains unclear. The paper examines how the relation between interests and grades over several measurement waves in elementary school age can be characterized, whether gender differences in the pattern of effects can be shown, and whether the effects are school-subject-specific. The present analysis follows N = 1.199 students in the 3rd Grade over a year and a half. It can be shown that grading determines the level of future interests but not vice versa. Thereby, the pattern of results concerning interests and grades is similar for boys and girls. The effects of grades on subsequent interests are mostly school-subject-specific.
Keywords: Interests, Elementary school students, Academic achievement, Path analysis, Grade level
Release Date: 29. July 2014

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