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ERIC Number: EJ953685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
The Role of Goal Orientations for Adolescent Mathematics Achievement
Keys, Tran D.; Conley, AnneMarie M.; Duncan, Greg J.; Domina, Thurston
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v37 n1 p47-54 Jan 2012
This study examines the association between personal goal orientations and mathematics achievement within the trichotomous goal framework. Participants comprised approximately 2000 seventh and eighth grade White, Hispanic, and Vietnamese students in a low-income urban school district in California. Regression analysis with classroom fixed effects minimized biases arising from non-random assignment of teachers and students to schools and classrooms. While all three achievement goal orientations were correlated with mathematics achievement, only a mastery goal orientation consistently predicted achievement when a full set of prior achievement and demographic controls were included. Performance-approach and performance-avoidance goal orientations did not predict achievement in the full model. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California