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ERIC Number: EJ970771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Uncovering Vocational Students' Multiple Goal Profiles in the Learning of Professional Mathematics: Differences in Learning Strategies, Motivational Beliefs and Cognitive Abilities
Berger, Jean-Louis
Educational Psychology, v32 n4 p405-425 2012
Motivation to learn in vocational education is underexplored by researchers in educational psychology. Yet, teachers would profit from an understanding of the goals apprentices adopt for their learning and how these goals relate to students' learning strategies and abilities. Using latent profile analysis, four groups were identified based on the achievement goals of 263 vocational students in their professional mathematics courses. Groups were described regarding their cognitive abilities, learning strategies and motivational beliefs. Results indicated that the inclusion of challenge-mastery and work-avoidance goals adds value to previous conceptualizations of multiple goal profiles. Significant and large differences between the profiles were found with regard to such motivational beliefs as individual interest and significant, albeit smaller, differences were found for learning strategies and cognitive abilities. The results suggest that vocational students may adopt four specific combinations of goals and that these are associated with several variables important for successful learning. Implications of the findings for vocational education are discussed. (Contains 3 notes, 4 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland