ERIC Number: EJ778895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Performance-Approach Goals: Good or Bad Forms of Regulation?
Elliot, Andrew J.; Moller, Arlen C.
International Journal of Educational Research, v39 n4-5 p339-356 2003
At present, there is disagreement among achievement goal theorists regarding the beneficial or inimical nature of performance-approach goals. This article evaluates performance-approach goals using three criteria: empirical, theoretical, and meta-theoretical (values/beliefs). On the basis of these criteria, we conclude that performance-approach goals may be construed in both positive and negative terms, and that one's opinion of these goals is likely to be based in which evaluative criteria one highlights. At the end of the article, we offer our own opinion of how educators should view performance-approach goals.
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Achievement Need, Achievement, Motivation Techniques, Goal Orientation, Values, Performance Factors, Educational Strategies, Educational Philosophy, Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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