Goals and perceived ability: Impact on student valuing, Self-Regulation, and Persistence


Authors: 
Miller, R. B., Behrens, J. T., & Greene, B. A.
Category: 
Volume: 
18
Pages: 
14-Feb
Year: 
1993
Publisher: 
Contemporary Educational Psychology
URL: 
RISE
Abstract: 

We examined the motivational patterns and self-regulatory activities of 119 students in introductory statistics. Toward the end of the course subjects were given a questionnaire which assessed perceived ability, goal orientation (learning and performance), valuing of statistics (intrinsic and extrinsic), and the extent to which subjects used self-regulatory activities such as goal-setting, self-monitoring, and task-appropriate cognitive strategies. Predictions from Dweck's goal orientation theory were tested. The findings were generally consistent with the theoretical predictions; however, the predicted interaction of dominant goal orientation and perceived ability failed to emerge.

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