ERIC Number: ED382394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Social Goals and Achievement Goals in Early Adolescence.
Hicks, Lynley; And Others
This study examined the relationship between students' self-reported goals of being socially responsible and of forming relationships with peers, to their achievement goals in English and mathematics. The sample consisted of 175 male and 138 female seventh-graders from a predominantly white, lower middle-class middle school. The study found that social responsibility goals were positively related to task goals and relative ability goals, and negatively related to extrinsic goals. Students who aimed to be socially responsible were likely to engage in their academic work to gain a personal sense of mastery or to demonstrate their ability in comparison to others, and not out of a desire to get extrinsic rewards such as grades. Social relationship goals were found to be positively related to both task goals and relative ability goals. Social relationship and extrinsic goals were unrelated in English and were negatively related in math. In addition, gender was a significant predictor of extrinsic and relative ability goals, with males being more likely to pursue extrinsic goals. Contains 16 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Education.
Note: Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (61st, Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995). This research was conducted in cooperation with Middle School Coalition Project.