ERIC Number: EJ778893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
Revisiting the Benefits of Performance-Approach Goals in the College Classroom: Exploring the Role of Goals in Advanced College Courses
Barron, Kenneth E.; Harackiewicz, Judith M.
International Journal of Educational Research, v39 n4-5 p357-374 2003
In our previous work documenting benefits of both mastery and performance-approach goals, we assessed achievement goals for a particular type of student (specifically, the college student) in a particular type of classroom environment (specifically, the large introductory lecture). The current study sought to extend our initial work by testing college students in a different classroom environment (specifically, the small advanced seminar). Contrary to predictions that mastery goals may prove more advantageous in this context and performance goals less advantageous, we continued to find positive effects for both mastery and performance-approach goals. Implications for achievement goal theory are discussed.
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Classroom Environment, Achievement Need, Advanced Courses, Higher Education, College Students, Mastery Learning, Seminars, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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