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Studentsí attribution of performance in learning English language: a case of Adama Town high schools in Ethiopia


Mekonnen, GT and Roba, TT, Students' attribution of performance in learning English language: a case of Adama Town high schools in Ethiopia, Journal of Educational Research and Review, 5, (3) pp. 26-40. ISSN 2384-7301 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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The study examined studentsí explanation of performance in learning English language at Adama town government high schools and to see into its pedagogical implications. The perceived reasons for success and failure of ability groups were investigated using cross-sectional study design. Based on the total number of grade nine students in the setting of the study, that is, from the total population of 237, the required sample size for the study with 5% margin of error and 95% confidence level was 147 grade nine students. The data were gathered through testing and questionnaire from randomly selected sample population, that is, 147 grade nine students. Descriptive statistics, principal component analysis, mean, and T-test were carried out to find out the difference between high and low achievers attribution of performance. High achievers and low achievers formed different attribution patterns of the success and failure of their performance in learning the targeted language. High achievers ascribed that their success effort and luck; whereas, low achievers attributed their performance to task simplicity, teacherís predisposition, availability of instructional materials, luck, and teacherís good behavior. From the finding of the study, teacherís awareness of the attributions of students to the success and failure of their performances has received the pedagogical implications.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:students' attribution, English language learning (ELL), students' performance, success, failure
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mekonnen, GT (Dr Geberew Mekonnen)
UTAS Author:Roba, TT (Mrs Tigist Roba)
ID Code:134386
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-08-09
Last Modified:2019-09-20
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