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Academically buoyant students are less anxious about and perform better in high-stakes examinations.

Putwain, DW and Daly, AL and Chamberlain, S and Sadreddini, S (2015) Academically buoyant students are less anxious about and perform better in high-stakes examinations. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85 (3). pp. 247-263. ISSN 2044-8279

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BACKGROUND: Prior research has shown that test anxiety is negatively related to academic buoyancy, but it is not known whether test anxiety is an antecedent or outcome of academic buoyancy. Furthermore, it is not known whether academic buoyancy is related to performance on high-stakes examinations. AIMS: To test a model specifying reciprocal relations between test anxiety and academic buoyancy and to establish whether academic buoyancy is related to examination performance. SAMPLE: A total of 705 students in their final year of secondary education (Year 11). METHODS: Self-report data for test anxiety and academic buoyancy were measured in two waves in Year 11. Examination performance was taken from the mean English, mathematics, and science scores from the high-stakes General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations taken at the end of Year 11. RESULTS: Measurement invariance was demonstrated for test anxiety and academic buoyancy across both waves of measurement. The worry component of test anxiety, but not the tension component, showed reciprocal relations with academic buoyancy. Worry predicted lower mean GCSE score and academic buoyancy predicted a higher mean GCSE score. Tension did not predict mean GCSE score. CONCLUSION: Academic buoyancy protects against the appraisal of examinations as threatening by influencing self-regulative processes and enables better examination performance. Worry, but not tension, shows a negative feedback loop to academic buoyancy.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Putwain, D. W., Daly, A. L., Chamberlain, S. and Sadreddini, S. (2015), Academically buoyant students are less anxious about and perform better in high-stakes examinations. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85: 247–263, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12068
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 13:44
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 10:56
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/bjep.12068
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3502

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