Achievement goals and optimal motivation: testing multiple goal models.

  title={Achievement goals and optimal motivation: testing multiple goal models.},
  author={Kenneth E. Barron and Judith Harackiewicz},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={80 5},
Currently, there is a debate about which types of achievement goals promote optimal motivation. A number of theorists argue for a mastery goal perspective focusing on the adaptive consequences of mastery goals and the maladaptive consequences of performance goals. Others endorse a multiple goal perspective in which both mastery and performance goals can be beneficial. The purpose of the present investigation was to review why this debate has emerged and to offer a critical test of the mastery… CONTINUE READING
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