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Motivation for studying at a university (T.N. Ilyina)

When creating this technique, the author used a number of other well-known techniques. It has three scales: “acquisition of knowledge” (desire to acquire knowledge, curiosity); “Mastery of the profession” (the desire to acquire professional knowledge and form professionally important qualities); “Obtaining a diploma” (the desire to acquire a diploma with the formal assimilation of knowledge, the desire to find workarounds for passing exams and tests). In the questionnaire, for disguise, the author of the methodology included a number of background statements that

not further processed. A number of formulations are corrected by the author of the book without changing their meaning.

Instruction manual

Mark your agreement with the “+” sign or disagreement with the “-” sign with the statements below.

Questionnaire text

1. The best atmosphere in the classroom is the atmosphere of free speech.

2. I usually work with a lot of stress.

3. I rarely have headaches after experiencing unrest and trouble.

4. I myself study a number of subjects, in my opinion, necessary for my future profession.

5. Which of your inherent qualities do you value most? Write the answer next.

6. I believe that life should be devoted to the chosen profession.

7. I enjoy viewing difficult issues in class.

8. I do not see the point in most of the work that we do at the university.

9. Great satisfaction is given to me by the story of my acquaintances about my future profession.

10. I am a very average student, I will never be quite good, and therefore it makes no sense to make efforts to become better.

11. I believe that in our time it is not necessary to have a higher education.

12. I firmly believe in the correct choice of profession.

13. Which of your inherent qualities would you like to get rid of? Write the answer next.

14. Whenever possible, I use auxiliary materials (excerpts, cheat sheets, notes, formulas) for exams.

15. The most remarkable time of life is the student years.

16. I have an extremely restless and intermittent sleep.

17. I believe that to fully master the profession, all academic disciplines should be studied equally deeply.

18. If possible, I would go to another university.

19. I usually start with easier tasks, and leave the more difficult ones for the end.

20. It was difficult for me to choose one of them when choosing a profession.

21. I can sleep soundly after any troubles.

22. I am firmly convinced that my profession will give me moral satisfaction and material prosperity in life.

23. It seems to me that my friends are able to learn better than me.

24. It is very important for me to have a diploma of higher education.

25. For some practical reasons, for me it is the most convenient university.

26. I have enough willpower to study without a reminder of the administration.

Life for me is almost always associated with extraordinary stress.

28. Exams must be taken with a minimum of effort.

29. There are many universities in which I could study with no less interest.

30. Which of the qualities inherent in you most hinders learning? Write the answer next.

31. I am a very addicted person, but all my hobbies are somehow connected with future work.

32. Concern about an exam or work that is not completed on time often prevents me from sleeping.

33. High salary after graduation is not the main thing for me.

34. I need to be in a good mood to support the group’s overall decision.

35. I was forced to enter a university in order to occupy the desired position in society, to avoid military service.

36. I am learning material to become a professional, not an exam.

37. My parents are good professionals, and I want to be like them.

38. For career advancement, I need to have a university degree.

39. Which of your qualities helps you learn? Write the answer next.

40. It is very difficult for me to force myself to study properly disciplines that are not directly related to my future specialty.

41. I am very worried about possible setbacks.

42. I do best when I am periodically stimulated, spurred on.

43. My choice of this university is final.

44. My friends have higher education, and I do not want to lag behind them.

45. To convince the group of something, I have to work very hard myself.

46. ​​My mood is usually even and good.

47. I am attracted by the convenience, cleanliness, ease of the future profession.

48. Before entering a university, I had long been interested in this profession, I read a lot about it.

49. The profession that I receive is the most important and promising.

50. My knowledge about this profession was sufficient for a confident choice of this university.

Processing the results. Questionnaire Key

The scale “acquisition of knowledge” - for approval (“+”) with approval under paragraph 4, 3.6 points are put down; p. 17 - 3.6 points; p. 26 - 2.4 points; for disagreement (“-”) with the statement under item 28 - 1.2 points; according to n. 42-1.8 points. Maximum - 12.6 points.

The scale "mastery of the profession" - for consent under clause 9 - 1 point; under item 31 - 2 points; p. 33 - 2 points; p. 43 - 3 points; under item 48 - 1 point and under item 49 - 1 point. Maximum - 10 points.

The scale "obtaining a diploma" - for disagreement under clause 11 - 3.5 points; for consent under paragraph 24 - 2.5 points; p. 35 - 1.5 points; for p. 38 - 1.5 points and for p. 44 - 1 point. Maximum - 10 points.

Questions on pp. 5, 13, 30, 39 are neutral to the goals of the questionnaire and are not included in the processing.


The predominance of motives on the first two scales indicates an adequate choice of a profession by a student and satisfaction with it.
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