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ERIC Number: EJ945807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
Achievement Goals and Persistence across Tasks: The Roles of Failure and Success
Sideridis, Georgios D.; Kaplan, Avi
Journal of Experimental Education, v79 n4 p429-451 2011
The focus of this study is on the role of achievement goals in students' persistence. The authors administered 5 puzzles to 96 college students: 4 unsolvable and 1 relatively easy (acting as a hope probe). They examined whether and how persistence may deteriorate as a function of failing the puzzles, as well as whether and how persistence may rebound after an event of success. Time spent engaging in the task comprised the dependent variable persistence (representing a behavioral aspect of engagement). Results suggested that mastery-oriented students persisted significantly longer compared with performance approach-oriented, performance avoidance-oriented, and amotivated students across failure trials. However, performance approach-oriented students were more likely to rebound after experiencing success. Qualitative data provided insights into the affective processes that accompanied engagement with the task. (Contains 3 tables, 1 footnote, 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: Greece