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ERIC Number: EJ921789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Developing Individual Goals, Shared Goals, and the Goals of Others: Dimensions of Constructive Competition in Learning Contexts
Sheridan, Sonja; Williams, Pia
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v55 n2 p145-164 2011
The aim is to describe and define constructive competition as an educational phenomenon in different learning contexts. The study involved a total of 78 children aged between 5 and 18, and 29 teachers from pre-schools, compulsory school, and upper secondary programs. Data were generated in individual interviews and use was made of critical incidents and photographic vignettes. The results show that constructive competition is constituted by at least six dimensions. We also demonstrate how children, adolescents, and teachers can compete constructively in order to develop their own goals, those of others, as well as common goals. The study provides a theoretical contribution in illuminating ways in which constructive competition is constituted and related to children's, adolescents', and teachers' motivation and learning. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A