The Different Roles of Students’ Three Levels of Goal-Orientations in Predicting Evaluation of Group Work

Jung-In Kim, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
Hyewon Chung, Chungnam National University
M. Kim
Marilla D. Svinicki, University of Texas at Austin

This paper was presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver. BC, Canada; April 2012.

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The purpose of the study was to explore how the three levels of trichotomous achievement goal orientations - individual, individual-within-a-group, and group (Authors, 2011) that college students adopted in a cooperative learning context predict their evaluation of their group work process, their sense of group community, and their positive and negative emotions. Even though the correlation coefficients between the three different levels of the students’ goal orientations were low to medium high, the proposed three levels of trichotonomous achievement goal orientations played somewhat different roles in predicting various outcome variables in a cooperative learning context.