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ERIC Number: EJ872320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Goal Orientation and Academic Failure in Traditional and Nontraditional Aged College Students
Hoyert, Mark Sudlow; O'Dell, Cynthia D.
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1052-1061 Dec 2009
This paper examines the relationship between goal orientation and grades in two groups of college students: 369 students aged 18 to 23 and 71 students 24 years of age and older. Older students tended to earn higher grades than their younger counterparts. Non-traditional aged students also endorsed learning goals more than traditional-aged students. In both groups, students who endorsed learning goals over performance goals earned significantly higher grades and displayed more persistence after they had failed an examination. Students who endorsed performance goals over learning goals earned markedly lower grades under these circumstances. However, when students did not fail an examination, goal orientation was not associated with differences in grades. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A