ERIC Number: EJ1065202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Motivational Profiles as a Combination of Academic Goals in Higher Education
Valle, Antonio; Núñez, José Carlos; Cabanach, Ramón G.; Rodríguez, Susana; Rosário, Pedro; Inglés, Cándido J.
Educational Psychology, v35 n5 p634-650 2015
The aim of the current study was to obtain information from students in higher education on different motivational profiles that resulted from the combination of three academic goals (i.e. learning goals (LG), performance-approach goals and performance-avoidance goals). Moreover, information related to the relevance of each goal within each motivational profile was explored to explain conditions closely related to the academic engagement. The sample consisted of 2556 students from five Spanish universities. Motivational profiles were obtained by using cluster analysis followed by a relevance analysis of each goal within each motivational profile. The results support the hypothesis concerning motivational profiles, and further suggest for motivational profiles with a predominance of LG to be more adaptive. According to our findings, high level of LG in one's motivational profile appear to be a powerful protective factor in maintaining high interest in academic work, as well as high control beliefs and self-efficacy.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, College Students, Foreign Countries, Student Educational Objectives, Statistical Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Learning Motivation, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Questionnaires, Cluster Grouping, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire