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Title: An Empirical Validation of Achievement Goals: A 2x2 Framework Study within the Context of Saudi University Learning
Contributor(s): Phan, Huy  (author)orcid ; Alrashidi, Oqab (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: The achievement goal framework has undergone a number of evolutions over the past three decades. The 2x2 model of achievement goals [1,2] in particular, has been researched extensively, with a recent articulation and revision of measurements that emphasize four different goal types. The focus of our study, similarly, involves a validation in structures of achievement goals, taking into consideration the importance of the definition and valence dimensions. We adapted Elliot and Murayama's Achievement Goal Questionnaire- revised (AGQ-R) [7] and administered this adaptation to a cohort of university students (N=210). A number of a priori models were hypothesized and tested, using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) procedures, to determine and ascertain a best representation of achievement goals. First and second-order factor testing, especially the use of multiple-indicator correlated trait-correlated method (MI CT-CM) yielded evidence that supports the dimensional structure of achievement goals. The obtained evidence illustrates the different types of achievement goals that Saudi university students adopt in their learning. In particular, contributing to the study of theoretical tenets pertaining to achievement goals in educational contexts, there is some credence from our CFAs to validate and support the 2x2 model.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 4(5), p. 603-624
Publisher: Sciencedomain International
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2278-0998
Field of Research (FOR): 170103 Educational Psychology
130103 Higher Education
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930103 Learner Development
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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