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Title: Motivational and attitudinal aspects of ethnic supplementary school attendance : application of Lisrel and Fishbein to a study of Greek supplementary schools in London
Author: Pillas, Kyriacos Georgiou
ISNI:       0000 0001 3490 5981
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1992
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An examination of the motivational and attitudinal aspects of Greek supplementary school attendance in London provided data for a test of the Fishbein/Ajzen model of reasoned action. The study had two basic aims. First, to obtain urgently needed empirical data on the motivational and attitudinal aspects of supplementary school attendance and, second, to probe into the utility of the theory of reasoned action in explaining the attitudes and behaviour of pupils attending these schools. In achieving the first aim a questionnaire was administered to pupils attending Greek supplementary schools which provided information on the basis of which three issues were examined: The relevance of and pupils' preference for the activities provided by the school; the role and application of the integrative and instrumental orientations in determining pupils' attitudes and behaviour in learning their mother tongue; the implication of the contrasting conceptions of Greek School teachers and mainstream English school teachers for motivation and attainment. In achieving the second aim a series of observations provided essential indices of attitudes toward the Greek School and the Greek School teachers all leading to a quantification of a general Attitude to Greek School Attendance. Scales were also devised to determine subjective norms from ethnic identification, acculturation, and integrative motivation. The resulting LISREL analysis supported the fit of the model to the data and demonstrated the powerful predictive value of social norms in determining positive behaviour to these schools. The study is set against the background of current issues in attitudinal and motivational studies as well as issues related with multicultural education, which provide the framework for interpretation of the findings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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