Profiling learners' achievement goals when completing academic essays

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Title Profiling learners' achievement goals when completing academic essays
Author Ng, Chi-Hung Clarence
Journal Name Educational Psychology
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This study explored adult learners' goal profiles in relation to the completion of a compulsory academic essay. Based on learners' scores on items assessing mastery, performance-approach, and work-avoidance goals, cluster analyses produced three distinct categories of learners: performance-focused, work-avoidant, and multiplegoal learners. These three groups of learners differed in terms of perceptions about the academic essay, self-belief in completing it, use of strategies, responses to marker feedback, and, most importantly, level of achievement. The results attest to the importance of endorsing multiple goals for completing compulsory academic essays at the tertiary level.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443410902797988
Volume 29
Issue Number 3
Page from 279
Page to 295
ISSN 0144-3410
Date Accessioned 2010-02-17
Date Available 2010-08-04T02:36:05Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Learning Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30185
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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