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ERIC Number: EJ1054934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2324-805X
Middle Level Students' Goal Orientations and Motivation
Mensah, Emmanuel; Atta, George
Journal of Education and Training Studies, v3 n2 p20-33 Mar 2015
The study used a phenomenological lens to explore middle level classroom goal perceptions and classroom experiences that were pivotal in motivating students to achieve their learning goals. A total of 46 participants (31 students and 15 teachers) from two middle schools in a Midwestern city participated in focus group discussions and one-on-one interview sessions respectively. Findings indicated that teachers endorsed long-term goals with mastery emphasis. However, students' classroom goals were more performance and less mastery oriented. In addition, thematic analyses of participants' perspectives showed that: classroom lessons that are more engaging, teachers' positive disposition and personality, personal connection with learning experience, application of varied instructions, and supportive teacher relationships are key classroom experiences in driving middle level students to achieve their learning goals. Implications for middle level classroom instructions and future research directions have been discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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