Setting Academic Achievement Goals in Primary Schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Hattie, J en
dc.contributor.advisor Rubie-Davies, C en Hastie, Sandra en 2013-04-08T20:13:20Z en 2013 en
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dc.description.abstract Goal setting has been identified in recent research as being an indicator of academic achievement, self-efficacy, and motivation, yet there is still much debate as to what the key factors are that lead to successful student goal setting within an academic environment. Thus, the major purpose of the studies in this thesis concern two interrelated issues of goal setting research, namely the importance that primary students place on goal setting in academic settings, and the role of teachers and their teaching of goal-setting strategies within primary school classrooms in New Zealand. This thesis is comprised of three studies. The first study investigated the extent to which students set goals for themselves. An additional focus was to determine who students identified as being their main sources of encouragement for setting goals and who they shared goals with. The second study focused on the impact of teaching students specific learning goals relating to mathematics, which were mastery in orientation. The aim was to determine whether having students construct their own mastery learning goals, with the support of their classroom teachers, improved academic achievement when compared with a control group. The final study sought to examine the significance of attention, motivation, and goal setting strategies in relation to goal setting behaviour. It was found that students recognised that goal setting was beneficial to them in the classroom, and that they set multiple goals in their learning. Further, the majority of the goals that students did set on their own were typically performance rather than mastery in orientation. When taught specifically how to set mastery oriented goals, students showed an overall increase in their mathematics achievement. Finally, it was found that student motivation, attention, and goal setting strategies were crucial factors in determining the degree to which goal setting behaviour occurred. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title Setting Academic Achievement Goals in Primary Schools en
dc.type Thesis en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Author en
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pubs.elements-id 375724 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2013-04-09 en

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