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ERIC Number: EJ809770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Goal Orientations in Russian University Students: From Mastery to Performance?
Remedios, Richard; Kiseleva, Zoya; Elliott, Joe
Educational Psychology, v28 n6 p677-691 Oct 2008
Research in the UK has shown that students start their university career with the goal of mastering their subject, but this focus shifts as they progress through their degree program. Studies have suggested that unlike students in the UK, Russian students continue to take a strong mastery approach to their work. The main aim of this study was to assess whether the effects observed in UK studies could be found in a Russian context. In a cross-sectional study, 618 students across four years of a degree program in a Russian university completed an achievement-goal questionnaire. Results revealed patterns similar to the studies in the UK; Russian students' levels of mastery were significantly lower after Year 1. The results are discussed in terms of potential changes in Russian culture. Methodological issues relating to the relative failure of some questionnaire items to validate fully within their hypothesised constructs are also discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia; United Kingdom