ERIC Number: ED425376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Examining the Factor Structure of a Measure of Learning and Performance Goal Orientations for Older High School Students.
Dharmadasa, Kiri H.; Gorrell, Jeffrey; Akey, Theresa M.
Goal orientations in high school students may be grouped into learning (e.g., mastery) and performance (e.g., grades, competition) goals. Past research on students' goals is reviewed. Students' motivation for achievement is complex. Given the importance of fostering and strengthening learning goal orientations in high school as well as in college, this study investigates whether the Roedel Goals Inventory designed for college students is suitable for measuring learning and performance goals held by older students in high school (N=185). Data analysis was conducted in two steps: (1) item analysis to assess convergent and discriminant validity of the items for high school students; (2) exploratory factor analyses to further investigate the structure of the Goals Inventory for this population. Means and standard deviations are presented for each item. Item analyses and factor structure are reported and discussed. It appears that the Goals Inventory has a different factor structure for high school students than for college students. For both groups there is a distinct factor related to external performance; differences emerge in the area of learning goals. Findings and next steps are discussed. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).