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Adolescent Students' Multiple Goals in Learning Mathematics.

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Researchers in goal orientation studies have successfully demonstrated the distinct effects of two separate single learning goals, mastery and performance goal. To advance the understanding of learning goals, a new research direction should be geared towards exploring the notion of multiple goals. Recent work in the field has also called for the study of multiple goals. However, it is not clear how multiple goals should be conceptualized. Should multiple goals be understood as students having three to four separate learning goals? Alternatively, should these goals be conceptualized as related or connected in some manner? This paper advances the latter position and theorizes goals as connected in a systematic network. Qualitative data gathered from in- depth interviews were employed to corroborate this network perspective of multiple goals. In general, high achieving students tended to have a more complicated goal network than low achieving students, which provided them with a strong motivation to master the knowledge and to perform well. (Contains 30 references.) (Author)

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Author:Ng, Chi-hung
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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