Tongan students' attitudes towards their subjects in New Zealand relative to their academic achievement.

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Show simple item record Otunuku, Mo'ale en Brown, Gavin en 2018-10-17T03:04:32Z en 2007 en
dc.identifier.issn 1598-1037 en
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dc.description.abstract Research indicates that affective attitudes such as liking of a subject and confidence in one's ability within a subject predict academic performance. Generally, immigrant minority students have positive attitudes and often have low academic performance. This study examines the self-efficacy and liking of subjects of New Zealand students and analyses the relationship of those attitudes towards academic performance in mathematics, writing, and reading by self-reported ethnicity. Data were obtained from the norming samples from the Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning project in New Zealand. Of special interest are the relationships between attitude and performance for Pasifika and Tongan students in New Zealand. Tongan and Pasifika students had positive attitudes, but their mean scores were not significantly different to other ethnic groups except in writing for Tongan students. Tongan and Pasifika. students did have lower academic performance than majority and Asian immigrant students in all three subjects. The correlation between liking and self-efficacy was fundamentally zero for Tongan and Pasifika students, while it was weakly positive for majority and Asian immigrant students. Together these results question the power of self-efficacy and liking attitudes to predict academic performance for immigrant students from agrarian or traditional societies. Further, the data suggest that 'school effects' are most likely explanations for this relationship, rather than lack of attachment, opposition, or deficiency theories. en
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Asia Pacific Education Review en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Tongan students' attitudes towards their subjects in New Zealand relative to their academic achievement. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/BF03025838 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 117 en
pubs.volume 8 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 128 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 71782 en Education and Social Work en Learning Development and Professional Practice en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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