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Neroni, J., Meijs, C., Leontjevas, R., Kirschner, P. A., & De Groot, R. H. (2018). Goal Orientation and Academic Performance in Adult Distance Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v19i2.3440

Goal orientation and academic performance in adult distance education

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Author: Neroni, Joyce1; Meijs, Celeste1; Leontjevas, Ruslan1;
Organizations: 1Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019062822339
Language: English
Published: Athabasca University Press, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-07-01
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Abstract

Research has shown the importance of goal orientation in predicting academic performance for children, adolescents, and college students in traditional educational settings. Studies on this relationship within adult distance education, however, are lacking. To fill this gap, the present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between goal orientation and academic performance in adult distance learners. A sample of N = 1128 distance university students (age 18–75 years) filled out an online questionnaire. Their exam grades were collected from the files of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL). A mixed model regression showed performance approach goal orientation to be a positive predictor of academic performance, whereas performance avoidance and work avoidance were negative predictors of academic performance. Non-significant results were found for mastery approach as well as for mastery avoidance. Implications of these results are discussed.

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Series: International review of research in open and distance learning
ISSN: 1492-3831
ISSN-E: 1492-3831
ISSN-L: 1492-3831
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Pages: 192 - 208
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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