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Faking the Desire to Learn: A Clarification of the Mastery Goals-Achievement Link

Poster Session X - Board: X-094
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Benoit Dompnier
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Céline Darnon
Blaise Pascal University, France

Fabrizio Butera
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

This study shows that the controversial relationship between mastery goal endorsement and grades was moderated by students’ perceptions of mastery goals’ social value. The less students perceived these goals as socially desirable, the more these goals predicted grades. Conversely, the greater their perceived social utility, the higher their predictive value.

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