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Motivating adolescents: What goals are important to Australian students?

Mansfield, C.F. (2010) Motivating adolescents: What goals are important to Australian students? Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 10 . pp. 44-55.

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Student motivation during adolescence has become an increasingly important issue for educators and researchers. Using a goal theory perspective, researchers have investigated a range of goals (including achievement goals, social goals and future goals) that influence students’ desire to achieve at school. The present study examines the range of goals pursued by adolescents (N=195) from two secondary schools and investigates the achievement goals that are important to their motivation. The results show that future goals have a critical impact on students’ motivation and that students pursue multiple and related goals in learning situations. Implications for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: School of Education, Faculty of Education & Arts, University of Newcastle
Copyright: (c) C.F. Mansfield
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