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ERIC Number: EJ807876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
On the Measurement of Achievement Goals: Critique, Illustration, and Application
Elliot, Andrew J.; Murayama, Kou
Journal of Educational Psychology, v100 n3 p613-628 Aug 2008
The authors identified several specific problems with the measurement of achievement goals in the current literature and illustrated these problems, focusing primarily on A. J. Elliot and H. A. McGregor's (2001) Achievement Goal Questionnaire (AGQ). They attended to these problems by creating the AGQ-Revised and conducting a study that examined the measure's structural validity and predictive utility with 229 (76 male, 150 female, 3 unspecified) undergraduates. The hypothesized factor and dimensional structures of the measure were confirmed and shown to be superior to a host of alternatives. The predictions were nearly uniformly supported with regard to both the antecedents (need for achievement and fear of failure) and consequences (intrinsic motivation and exam performance) of the 4 achievement goals. In discussing their work, the authors highlight the importance and value of additional precision in the area of achievement goal measurement. (Contains 3 footnotes, 7 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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