ERIC Number: EJ778900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Goal Orientations in Writing: A Developmental Perspective
Pajares, Frank; Cheong, Yuk F.
International Journal of Educational Research, v39 n4-5 p437-455 2003
This study provides a developmental perspective on achievement goal orientations in writing using data obtained from 1266 students ranging in age from 9 to 17. The strength of task goal orientation decreased from elementary school to middle school and then increased in high school; performance-approach goals decreased from elementary school to middle school and stabilized; performance-avoid goals did not change. Gender differences in task goals favored girls at every level of schooling, whereas differences in performance-approach and performance-avoid goals favored boys. Students with higher self-efficacy, self-concept, and self-efficacy for self-regulation had higher task goals at each level of schooling than did students with lower self-beliefs.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Goal Orientation, Gender Differences, Writing Achievement, Developmental Stages, Age Differences, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Self Concept, Self Control, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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