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Effects of Discipline Problems in Classrooms on Student Motivation

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


In light of the little research on the effects of classroom management on student motivation, the present study aims to examine the effect of discipline problems in verbal classes as an indicator of inadequate classroom management on two facets of student motivation – competence self-perceptions and engagement. Using the German data set of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2006, the findings showed direct negative within-level (student) and between-level (class) effects of discipline problems on both motivation outcomes. These relations were found to be partially mediated by students’ achievement so that discipline problems seem to weaken student motivation by their debilitating impact on achievement. This study thus contributes to our knowledge on the various possible ramifications of classroom management.