ETS Research Spotlight

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ETS Research Spotlight, n9, Aug 2013
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Higher Education ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) Outcomes Assessment Research & Development Division (R&D) Student Motivation Curriculum Planning Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)


This issue of ETS Research Spotlight focuses on the role of motivation in higher education outcomes assessments. The featured research synopsis in this issue summarizes a recent article by ETS researchers Ou Lydia Liu, Brent Bridgeman, and Rachel Adler. The researchers were interested in the role that motivation plays in low-stakes higher education learning outcomes assessments. Here, student motivation is of concern because results from such assessments — while they may affect the curriculum planning of higher education institutions or the public’s perceptions of these institutions — generally have no direct consequences for individual students.

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