ERIC Number: EJ1036299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
The Role of Self- and Social Directed Goals in a Problem-Based, Collaborative Learning Context
Tempelaar, Dirk T.; Wosnitza, Marold; Volet, Simone; Rienties, Bart; Giesbers, Bas; Gijselaers, Wim H.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v66 n2 p253-267 Aug 2013
Students' learning goals demonstrate much stronger variety than traditional goal orientation models for classroom learning assume, especially when the educational context allows so. In this empirical study we will investigate the richness of students' goal orientation in a collaborative learning context. We do so with the help of a goal setting framework that is based on a two-facet approach distinguishing multiple contents (performance, learning, well-being) and goal directions (varying degrees of self vs social direction). To investigate the role of different goal constellations, goal setting and learning performance data of first year students (n = 2,636) in a problem-based, collaborative learning program, and evaluation data of problem-based tutorial groups (#groups = 206) are combined into a multilevel model. Each tutorial group functions in two different educational settings: one directed at open-ended, group problems, the other at closed, individual problems. Educational context appears indeed to have a crucial role in the relationship between students' goal setting at the one side, and students' performance and group functioning on the other side.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Cooperative Learning, Goal Orientation, College Freshmen, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Tutorial Programs, Learning, Educational Environment, Performance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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