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ERIC Number: EJ1156877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
The Influence of Achievement Goals on Online Help Seeking of Computer Science Students
Hao, Qiang; Barnes, Brad; Wright, Ewan; Branch, Robert Maribe
British Journal of Educational Technology, v48 n6 p1273-1283 Nov 2017
This study investigated the online help-seeking behaviors of computer science students with a focus on the effect of achievement goals. The online help-seeking behaviors investigated were online searching, asking teachers online for help, and asking peers or unknown people online for help. One hundred and sixty-five students studying computer science from a large research university in the south-eastern United States participated in the study. It was found that students searched online significantly more frequently than they asked people online for help. Contrary to prior findings on face-to-face help seeking, no achievement goals were found to be significant in predicting the tendencies of students to seek help online. These findings provide evidence to support the role of online searching as an integral part of online help seeking and demonstrate that research findings on face-to-face help seeking should not be assumed to be naturally extendable to online help seeking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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