Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Academic and social goals in adolescence: developments and directions.

Mansfield, C. (2007) Academic and social goals in adolescence: developments and directions. In: Annual meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 25 - 29 November, Fremantle

PDF - Published Version
Download (82kB)


Over the past fifteen years there has been an increased research interest in motivation in learning contexts. Research in the field has been lead by those working with motivational goal theory, which emphasises the reasons students engage in achievement-related behaviour and takes into account both environmental and individual influences on student motivation. Much research has focused on academic achievement goals (such as mastery, performance, avoidance), however, social goals (such as relationships, responsibility and status) have also been shown to influence students’ motivation and engagement in learning contexts. Although quantitative methods, such as surveys, have played a significant role in the development of this body of research, more recently the use of qualitative and inductive methods have illustrated the necessity of moving beyond surveys to capture the complexities of goals in real learning contexts. This paper critically reviews the literature on academic and social goals in adolescence highlighting both major developments in the field and questions that remain unanswered. Directions for future research are proposed.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
Copyright: (c) author
Item Control Page Item Control Page


Downloads per month over past year