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Litalien, David; Morin, Alexandre J. S.; McInerney, Dennis M. – Developmental Psychology, 2017
Achievement goal theory has long been a dominant model in the study of student motivation. However, a relatively small number of researchers have investigated gender differences in achievement goals or have considered the possible role that social and extrinsic goals may play in student academic motivation. Adopting a person-centered multiple…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Gender Differences, Goal Orientation, Achievement
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King, Ronnel B.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Nasser, Ramzi – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2017
Goals are important predictors of key educational outcomes. However, most of the research on goal theory has been conducted in Western societies. In this study we examine how different types of goals (mastery, performance, social, and extrinsic) derived from personal investment theory are associated with key learning outcomes across nine cultural…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Predictor Variables, Theories, Cultural Differences
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King, Ronnel B.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Watkins, David A. – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2013
Achievement goal theorists have mostly focused on the role of mastery and performance goals in the school setting with little attention being paid to social goals. The aim of this study was to explore the role of social goals in influencing educational outcomes in two collectivist cultures: Hong Kong and the Philippines. Results showed that social…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Collectivism, Social Influences, Goal Orientation
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King, Ronnel Bornasal; McInerney, Dennis M.; Watkins, David A. – Educational Psychology, 2012
Much of the research on achievement goal theory has focused on the roles of mastery and performance goals in academic engagement, thus the role of other goals such as social goals has mostly been neglected. The aim of this research was to investigate the effects of different kinds of social goals (affiliation, approval, concern, responsibility and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, High School Students, Academic Achievement, Mastery Learning
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Magson, Natasha R.; Craven, Rhonda G.; Nelson, Genevieve F.; Yeung, Alexander S.; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian H.; McInerney, Dennis M. – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2014
This research explored gender and cross-cultural similarities and differences in the motivational profiles of Indigenous Papua New Guinean (PNG) and Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Secondary students (N = 1,792) completed self-report motivational measures. Invariance testing demonstrated that the Inventory of School Motivation…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Student Motivation, Mastery Learning, Foreign Countries
McInerney, Dennis M., Ed.; Walker, Richard A., Ed.; Liem, Gregory Arief D., Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2011
It is now nearly thirty years since sociocultural theories of learning created great excitement and debate amongst those concerned with learning in diverse contexts. Since that time significant advances have been made in sociocultural theory and research. Various sociocultural approaches to the understanding of learning (for example, sociocultural…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Learning Theories, Motivation, Social Influences
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Van Etten, Shawn; Pressley, Michael; McInerney, Dennis M.; Liem, Arief Darmanegara – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2008
College seniors participated in an ethnographic interview study about their academic motivations. It was found that grades and graduation are 2 primary distal target goals that motivate their academic efforts during the senior year. A variety of proximal factors were also reported to affect the seniors' motivation. These factors can be divided…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Student Motivation, Interviews, Ethnography
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Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2001
Identifies and describes the psychological parameters of middle school students' social and work avoidance goals. Describes in detail the structure of students' work avoidance, social affiliation, social responsibility, and social concern goals. Results suggest that a range of social goal orientations are important and adaptive to students'…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Learning Motivation, Middle School Students, Middle Schools