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Table 3 Means, standard deviations and correlation coefficients of measurement instruments

From: Motivation matters: predicting students’ career decidedness and intention to drop out after the first year in higher education

Construct k Time M SD 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Interest value 5 T1 3.44 0.47 .847      
2. Interest value 5 T2 3.29 0.56 .518** .887     
3. Ability belief 5 T1 3.28 0.46 .193** .116* .761    
4. Ability belief 5 T2 3.36 0.48 .287** .349** .503** .823   
5. Task effort 5 T2 4.66 1.82 − .136* − .143* − .064 − .134* .932  
6. Career decidedness 3 T2 4.79 1.19 .237** .382** .182** .330** -.238** .844
7. Dropout intention 1 T3 1.26 0.68 − .048 − .200** − .034 − .115 .208** -.339**
  1. Note. N = 239. Cronbach’s alpha on the diagonal. 301 ≤ N ≤ 342; item examples for interest value and ability belief begin with ‘I have chosen the teacher training programme because …’; participants provided responses along a continuum from 1 (does not apply at all) to 4 (totally true) for interest value and ability beliefs and along a continuum from 1 (strongly disagree) to 9 (strongly agree) for task effort and along a continuum from 1 (strongly disagree) to 6 (strongly agree) for career decidedness
  2. *p < .05, **p < .01