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ERIC Number: EJ1166540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
High School Students' Motivation to Learn Mathematics: The Role of Multiple Goals
Ng, Chi-hung Clarence
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v16 n2 p357-375 Feb 2018
Using a sample of 310 Year 10 Chinese students from Hong Kong, this survey study examined the effects of multiple goals in learning mathematics. Independent variables were mastery, performance-approach, performance-avoidance, and pro-social goals. Dependent variables included perceived classroom goal structures, teacher's support, learning motives and strategies, attitudes, and grade aspiration. Based on regression and cluster analyses, this study found convergent evidence supporting the benefits of adopting additional adaptive goals alongside mastery goals. Regression analyses located significant interaction between pro-social goals and mastery goals in predicting higher levels of positive learning attitudes and lower levels of surface learning motives. Cluster analyses confirmed that students endorsing pro-social goals, performance-approach goals and mastery goals in their goal profiles had an adaptive pattern of perceptions, use of strategies, learning motives and grade aspiration in mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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