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ERIC Number: EJ864959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Profiling Learners' Achievement Goals when Completing Academic Essays
Ng, Chi-Hung Clarence
Educational Psychology, v29 n3 p279-295 May 2009
This study explored adult learners' goal profiles in relation to the completion of a compulsory academic essay. Based on learners' scores on items assessing mastery, performance-approach, and work-avoidance goals, cluster analyses produced three distinct categories of learners: performance-focused, work-avoidant, and multiple-goal learners. These three groups of learners differed in terms of perceptions about the academic essay, self-belief in completing it, use of strategies, responses to marker feedback, and, most importantly, level of achievement. The results attest to the importance of endorsing multiple goals for completing compulsory academic essays at the tertiary level. (Contains 5 tables.)
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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