ERIC Number: ED406009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Motivational Goals, Information Sources and Subject Choice in Adolescence.
Warton, Pamela M.
This study examined the links between Australian adolescents' achievement goal orientation and the information sources they used when making decisions about returning to school and selecting courses for the elective final 2 years of high school. A total of 230 year-11 students from 2 coeducational comprehensive schools in a large city participated. The sample of 16-year-olds was predominantly Anglo-Australian. In addition to providing demographic information and indicating current subject choices, students were asked to rate themselves on 25 items assessing aspects of motivational goals in a questionnaire. The findings indicated that the most prominent student goals were task goals, closely followed by prosocial or friendship goals, and, finally, work avoidance goals. Analyses using factor scores as the dependent variable showed that there was a clear relationship between goal orientation and both the information sought about subject choice and the sources of information taken into account. Students who sought advice from teachers were more likely to be high on the learning scale than those who did not, while students who consulted friends about the decision to return to school were higher on the friendship scale. Students who reported that they took no one's advice about returning to school were higher on the work avoidance factor, while students who considered their parents' advice were higher on the friendship factor. Students who consulted no one about subject selection were likely to be lower on the learning subscale or higher on the work avoidance scale than students who consulted information sources. Findings suggest that the influence of goal orientation extends far beyond classroom behavior into the ways in which students decide about their academic and vocational futures. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia