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ERIC Number: EJ920792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
Stability and Change in Achievement Goal Orientations: A Person-Centered Approach
Tuominen-Soini, Heta; Salmela-Aro, Katariina; Niemivirta, Markku
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v36 n2 p82-100 Apr 2011
Two longitudinal studies used a person-centered approach to examine the stability and change in students' achievement goal orientations within a school year (i.e., during 9th grade; measurement period 4 months, N = 530) and between school years (i.e., across 11th and 12th grade; measurement period 12 months, N = 519). Distinct groups of students with different motivational profiles were extracted in both studies with considerable consistency in profiles across the two academic contexts (i.e., lower and upper secondary school). Four groups of students were identified in both studies: indifferent, success-oriented, mastery-oriented, and avoidance-oriented. Students' motivational profiles were substantially stable; about 60% of all students displayed a stable motivational profile over time. Furthermore, most changes in the group memberships were directed towards similar groups. Findings support the conception of achievement goal orientation as an enduring disposition that reflects students' generalized beliefs and tendencies to select certain goals and to favor certain outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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