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CONNECTEDNESS AND PERCEIVED INSTRUMENTALITY IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: A COMPARISON OF TWO MEASURES

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CONNECTEDNESS AND PERCEIVED INSTRUMENTALITY IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: A COMPARISON OF TWO MEASURES

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Title: CONNECTEDNESS AND PERCEIVED INSTRUMENTALITY IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: A COMPARISON OF TWO MEASURES
Author: Jackson, William
Advisor(s): Flowerday, Terri
Committee Member(s): Parkes, Jay
Bramble, William
Husman, Jenefer
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Education
Subject: Future Time Perspective / expectancy value
Expectancy Value
LC Subject(s): Motivation (Psychology)--Testing
Time--Psychological aspects--Testing
Goal (Psychology)--Testing
Self-efficacy--Testing
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Individuals select goals to decide on which actions to pursue. They find themselves motivated toward some activities more than others. Time is also influential in making these decisions. Two models describe some of these differences in motivation by employing alternative perspectives of the world around us. Future time perspective (FTP) theory looks at a person’s perception to the framework of time, whereas Expectancy-Value (EV) looks at a person’s perception of objects that populate the time space. This study addressed three questions concerning the instruments designed to measure each of these two different models. Will the implementation of the FTP instrument yield results similar to those previously observed? Will the implementation of the EV instrument yield results similar to those previously? Will two of the sub-dimensions taken from these two models define separate factors or one? Exploratory factor analyses were conducted on the time-perspective set of questions and on the expectancy-value set of questions. An exploratory factor analysis was also conducted on the sub-constructs of FTP-Connectedness and ALS-Perceived Instrumentality to examine the hypothesis that the two questionnaire sub-dimensions were measuring two distinct constructs. The findings of the FTP survey analysis described results similar to those found by Husman and Shell (2008). The findings of the approach to learning survey (ALS) analysis described results of diminished resolution as compared to those found by Miller, DeBacker & Greene (2000). The analysis of the sub-scale dimensions of FTPS-Connectedness and ALS-Perceived Instrumentality described separate constructs. This study lends support to the assertion that Future Time Perspective is a model that describes motivational beliefs that are different from Expectancy-Value. It also suggests that our relationship to time-space is in somehow different from our relationship to the motivational objects that occupy that time-space.
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12857


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