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The role of self- and social directed goals in a problem based, collaborative learning context

Tempelaar, D.T., Wosnitza, M., Volet, S., Rienties, B., Giesbers, B. and Gijselaers, W.H. (2013) The role of self- and social directed goals in a problem based, collaborative learning context. Higher Education, 66 (2). pp. 253-267.

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Students’ learning goals demonstrate much stronger variety than traditional goal orientation models for classroom learning assume, especially when the educational context allows so. In this empirical study we will investigate the richness of students’ goal orientation in a collaborative learning context. We do so with the help of a goal setting framework that is based on a two-facet approach distinguishing multiple contents (performance, learning, well-being) and goal directions (varying degrees of self vs social direction). To investigate the role of different goal constellations, goal setting and learning performance data of first year students (n = 2,636) in a problem-based, collaborative learning program, and evaluation data of problem-based tutorial groups (#groups = 206) are combined into a multilevel model. Each tutorial group functions in two different educational settings: one directed at open-ended, group problems, the other at closed, individual problems. Educational context appears indeed to have a crucial role in the relationship between students’ goal setting at the one side, and students’ performance and group functioning on the other side.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Copyright: 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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