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ERIC Number: EJ957167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
Achievement Goal Orientations of Community College Mathematics Students and the Misalignment of Instructor Perceptions
Mesa, Vilma
Community College Review, v40 n1 p46-74 Jan 2012
This study reports on the results of a survey of achievement goal orientations administered to a sample of 777 students enrolled in remedial and college-level mathematics courses at a community college. Results indicate that students' achievement goal orientations are consistent with adaptive learning patterns: Students are interested in developing competence, expect and believe they can handle challenging work, avoid self-handicapping behaviors, and exhibit a positive mathematics self-concept. However, interviews with faculty members teaching the courses in which the students were enrolled revealed that instructors had a more negative perspective. This discrepancy suggests that instructors might not be taking advantage of the high confidence and motivation to learn that their students bring to the mathematics classroom. (Contains 8 tables, 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A