Adaptation or maladaptation of achievement goals in physical education

Authored by: Sami Yli-Piipari

Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138820999
eBook ISBN: 9781315743561
Adobe ISBN: 9781317589518


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Most human behaviors are guided by specific goals. In educational settings, goals may derive from sources either external to the learner or within the learner. Currently, learner-generated goals are driving the research enterprise in goal research and, specifically, the study of achievement goal orientation constructs. In this chapter, I will provide a historic overview of this research, elaborate the dominant theoretical frameworks, and review the research evidence. I will then discuss the research implications for pedagogical practice and suggest future research directions. I will close with a summary of key findings in achievement goal research and pose reflective questions for further discussion.

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