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Title: Towards a Better Understanding of Goal Orientations
Keywords: mastery goal, performance goal, surface goal, goal orientation, achievement motivation
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2010
Citation: CHO PEI HWA, PETRINA (2010-01-07). Towards a Better Understanding of Goal Orientations. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The present research comprises three studies with the overarching aim of developing a motivation questionnaire. The theoretical backbone of this questionnaire is the 3-factor model consisting of mastery goal, performance goal and surface goal. Undergraduate students were sampled. In study 1, participants¿ responses to a semi-structured interview were used to inform the design of items that capture the three factors. Through exploratory factor analysis, study 2 found that the items designed loaded on the three hypothesized factors. The questionnaire was revised, discarding items that did not load well on the intended factor. Study 3 involved replicating study 2; confirmatory factor analysis was conducted. After removing items that double-loaded, the questionnaire demonstrated good fit. Findings of this research also add to our understanding of dynamics of the 3 goals of interest. The questionnaire developed would be useful for future research, particularly in the Singapore academic context.
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