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Early motivational orientation profiles and language comprehension skills: From preschool to Grade 3

List of Authors: Satu Laitinen, Janne Lepola, Marja Vauras

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication year: 2017

Journal: Learning and Individual Differences

Volume number: 53

Number of pages: 10

ISSN: 1041-6080

eISSN: 1873-3425




This study examines children's early motivational orientation profiles
and their probability of belonging to a certain motivational profile
group from preschool to kindergarten. We also explore the extent to
which previous language comprehension skills act as indicators of a
child's subsequent motivational profile at the individual level and how
motivational orientation profiles among 6-year-old children are
reflected in Grade 3. Altogether 130 children were assessed at ages 4,
5, and 6, of which 82 were followed up to Grade 3. Three groups of
children with distinctive motivational orientation profiles—task-oriented, undifferentiated, and task-avoidance—were
identified using latent profile and latent transition analysis.
Motivational profiles were relatively stable across ages: 58% of the
children displayed identical profiles from age 4 to age 6, and most of
the changes in group membership were directed toward neighboring groups.
The results further showed that an increase in language comprehension
skills was associated with moving into a task-oriented profile
between ages 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Moreover, children who had a
task-avoidance profile at age 6 showed less task orientation and more
task-avoidance orientation in Grade 3 than those with a task-oriented profile. We also discuss the importance of assessing developmental changes in motivational tendencies among pre-readers.

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