Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


Faculty of Education

First Advisor

Associate Professor Len King


In Australiari high schools today there. are increasingly greater numbers of students completing a final two years of post-compulsory secondary schooling Without the intention of progressing to a university tertiary education. Educators acknowledge that the comparative lack of motivation displayed by these students poses problems within the classroom and the educational system and most are concerned about how best to cater for the distinct and unique needs of this group of students. This thesis investigates the influence of student perceptions about school experience on Year 12 non-university bound students' motivation to succeed. The study focuses on the perceptions students hold about the classroom processes and curriculum they experience in their final year of school and. then explores how these perceptions influence the motivational goal orientations students adopt.