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Innovación educativa (México, DF)

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PAOLONI, Paola Verónica  and  VAJA, Arabela Beatriz. Emotions of achievement in the context of assessment: An exploratory study with university students. Innov. educ. (Méx. DF) [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.62, pp.135-159. ISSN 1665-2673.

In this paper we aim to address the emotions that university students experience in a real testing situation, in the context of the classes they regularly attend. The study adopts a socio-cognitive and situated perspective of learning. We worked with a random sample (N=36) comprised of all the students who studied Educational Psychology in 2011 in the National University of Río Cuarto (Argentina). The data was collected through non-participant observation, analysis of evaluation protocol, the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire, and semi-structured group interviews. The analysis integrated qualitative and quantitative focuses. The results revealed characteristics of a context of evaluation in all its complexity and the emotions experienced by the students in various moments. The conclusions are grouped into three categories: a) features of evaluation contexts that promote positive emotions, b) importance of appealing to mixed methods in the study of emotions, and c) considerations for future research.

Keywords : Learning; self-regulation; context of assessment; achievement emotions; university students; educational psychology.

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