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ETS Research Spotlight

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


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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