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ERIC Number: EJ932305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Goal Orientation, Implicit Theory of Ability, and Collegiate Instrumental Music Practice
Smith, Bret P.
Psychology of Music, v33 n1 p36-57 Jan 2005
The purposes of this study were twofold: to examine the relationship of two types of motivational belief to undergraduates' self-reported musical practice behavior, and to evaluate the adaptation of measures of academic motivation to the musical domain. Measures of a tripartite goal orientation and implicit theory of musical ability were completed by 344 instrumental music majors at American universities. Factor analysis showed the adapted items reproduced the subscales of the original measures, and that these subscales were reliable ([alpha] greater than 0.74). Entity theories of musical ability were positively correlated with ego-approach (r = 0.16, p less than 0.01) and ego-avoid goals (r = 0.23, p less than 0.001), and negatively related to task goals (r = -0.14, p less than 0.01). A researcher-designed practice strategy survey found task orientation positively related to frequency of six of seven practice factors; ego-approach and ego-avoid goals negatively related to one strategy type. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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