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Goal theory, motivation, and school achievement: an integrative review.
  • M. Covington
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annual review of psychology
  • 2000
It is concluded that the quality of student learning as well as the will to continue learning depends closely on an interaction between the kinds of social and academic goals students bring to the classroom, the motivating properties of these goals and prevailing classroom reward structures. Expand
The Self-Worth Theory of Achievement Motivation: Findings and Implications
  • M. Covington
  • Psychology
  • The Elementary School Journal
  • 1 September 1984
The Elementary School Journal Volume 85, Number 1 o 1984 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. 0013-5984/85/850 1 -0001 $0 1.00 The purpose of this article is to describe the self-worthExpand
Approach and Avoidance Motivation
In this article, we introduce this special issue by establishing a conceptual foundation for the distinction between approach and avoidance motivation. We do so primarily by explicating severalExpand
Academic Motivation and the Student Athlete.
The researchers in this large-scale study of Division I athletes examined the achievement motivation of 361 universit' student athletes. The relationship of motivational orientation to academicExpand
Making the Grade: A Self-Worth Perspective on Motivation and School Reform
Part I. The Future and its Discontents: Prospects for building the future The failure to learn: A motivational analysis A moral tale Part II. Motives as Emotions: Need achievement The model: B = M xExpand
Effort: The Double-Edged Sword in School Achievement.
Self-worth theory suggests that teachers and students often operate at crosspurposes: Teachers encourage achievement through effort, yet many students attempt to avoid the implication that they lackExpand
The Will to Learn: A Guide for Motivating Young People
1. The future and its discontents 2. Motives as emotions 3. Motives as thoughts 4. Self-worth and the fear of failure 5. The competitive learning game 6. Motivational equity and the will to learn 7.Expand
Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation in Schools
This article explores the nature of the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in schools, and in particular examines critically the assertion that these processes are necessarilyExpand
Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation: An Approach/Avoidance Reformulation
The main purpose of this article is to advance an alternative perspective on the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and in particular to examine critically the assertion thatExpand
Perceiving school performance as instrumental to future goal attainment: Effects on graded performance
Abstract Three studies examined the perception among college students that school performance is instrumental to future goal attainment. Study 1, an exploratory study involving free report goalExpand