Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 111–119 | Cite as

“I’ll do it later”: Type of motivation, self-efficacy and homework procrastination

Original Paper

Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the role of motivation in the relations between self-efficacy and procrastination. One hundred seventy-one-fifth-grade students completed questionnaires that assessed the type of motivation the students have for homework, the level to which they procrastinate on doing homework, and their self-efficacy regarding homework. The results indicated that autonomous motivation both mediates and moderates the relations between self-efficacy and procrastination. These results highlight the importance of students’ type of motivation for homework, suggesting procrastination cannot be reduced simply by addressing students’ self-efficacy; but, they must be supported to adopt a more autonomous type of motivation.

Keywords

Procrastination Self-efficacy Homework Motivation Self-determination theory  

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  1. 1.Department of EducationBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael

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