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ERIC Number: EJ1071867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
The Influence of Momentary Goal Structures
Zaleski, Diana Janet
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v23 n3 p224-242 2010
Adolescents' cognition is influenced by a dynamic educational environment. Studies examining the influence of schools, classrooms, and teachers often overlook the momentary variation found in these environments and the effect this variation has on student cognition. Using an achievement goal theory framework, this study examined the momentary variation of goal structures in high school science classrooms and their influence on students' cognitive engagement using objective observations and the Experience Sampling Method, a unique data collection method that elicits students' momentary subjective experiences related to the momentary classroom goal context. The results of this study indicate that goal structures significantly vary from moment to moment and have a considerable impact on student cognition substantiating the concept of momentary goal structures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD-0827526