Trying hard': Teachers' and students' perspectives on Year 8 students' effort in learning

Year: 2008

Author: McDonough, Andrea, Smith, Caroline

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper considers the aspect of 'trying hard', or effort, a characteristic of a positive orientation towards learning, and a key element in student self-regulation. We have taken 'trying hard' to include interrelated factors such as persistence, effort, control over learning and dealing with distraction, essentially the processes of motivation and volition. In this paper we examine the notion of 'trying hard' or trying one's best. This study focuses on mainly on students' perspectives on trying hard, as it is commonly referred to in school settings.