Less is sometimes more: Goal content matters

Maarten Vansteenkiste, Joke Simons, Willy Lens, Bart Soenens, Lennia Matos, Marlies Lacante

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According to expectancy-value theories, increasing the utility value of a learning activity should result in higher motivation and better learning. In contrast, self-determination theory posits that the content of the future goals (intrinsic vs. extrinsic) that enhance the utility value of the learning activity needs to be considered as well. Contrast-cell analyses of an experimental study showed that double goal framing (intrinsic plus extrinsic) facilitated a mastery orientation, performance, and persistence and decreased a performance-approach orientation compared with extrinsic goal framing. However, double goal framing resulted in a less optimal pattern of outcomes compared with intrinsic goal framing, suggesting that the content of the provided goals matters. Goal content effects on both performance and persistence were fully mediated by mastery orientation.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)755-764
Número de páginas10
PublicaciónJournal of Educational Psychology
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2004
Publicado de forma externa


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