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Quality of School Life in Primary Schools: Relations with Academic Achievement, Motivation and Students' Behavior

Zora RABOTEG-ŠARIĆ orcid id ; Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
Marija ŠAKIĆ ; Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
Andreja BRAJŠA-ŽGANEC ; Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

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str. 697-716

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The aim of this study was to examine the relations of the
quality of school life (QSL) with students’ academic
achievement, motivation and inappropriate behaviors in
school. The sample included 4999 fifth- to eighth-grade
primary school students. The participants completed an
adapted version of the QSL questionnaire, self-report
measures of their goal orientations towards learning and
scales assessing the frequency of truancy and discipline
problems. Multiple regression analyses were conducted with
academic achievement, goal orientations, truancy and
discipline as criterion variables and students’ gender, age
and QSL variables as predictors. Significant predictors of
students’ academic success were stronger sense of school
competence and less negative feelings about the school.
Students with higher learning goal-orientation were more
satisfied with their school and perceived it as a place where
learning is fun. Performance-oriented students valued more a
sense of achievement and had more negative feelings about
the school. Students’ perceptions of the opportunity for future
they get from schooling were significant predictors of both
goal orientations. Students who are more truant perceive
schooling as less relevant for their future and experience
more negative feelings in school. Students who misbehave
less frequently perceive learning as adventure, rate their
relationships with teachers more favorably, but also consider
themselves less socially integrated in schools. A stronger
sense of school competence was a significant predictor of
less frequent inappropriate behaviors. The implications of
these findings for creating a stimulating school environment
are discussed.

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quality of school life; academic achievement; motivation for learning; school discipline

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