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ERIC Number: EJ865212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Students' Goal Orientations and Perceptions of Professional Competencies
Koul, Ravinder; Clariana, Roy B.; Kongsuwan, Sak; Suji-Vorakul, Chuchai
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v61 n3 p307-318 Sep 2009
This study was conducted with Thai students enrolled in undergraduate programs for industrial and technical education. Volunteer participants responded to surveys designed to elicit their personal goal orientations and their preferences regarding the thinking style of a competent professional, that is, a manager or supervisor. Participants (N = 729) completed an achievement goal survey and a Ways of Knowing survey, modified and translated from English into Thai. Statistical analysis of data showed several significant findings. Thai male students were more performance-oriented than Thai female students. An increase in mastery orientation among both males and females was associated with an increased preference for the development of both "separate" or "argumentation" and "connected" or "empathic" thinking styles in a professional. An increase in performance orientation among students was not associated with a preference for the development of these competencies. These findings are interpreted in terms of socio-cognitive theory and they establish a link between motivational constructs in social psychology and concepts of competency in vocational and technical education. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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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: Thailand