Motivating the academic mind: High-level construal of academic goals enhances goal meaningfulness, motivation, and self-concordance

  title={Motivating the academic mind: High-level construal of academic goals enhances goal meaningfulness, motivation, and self-concordance},
  author={William E Davis and Nicholas J. Kelley and Jinhyun Kim and David Tang and Joshua A. Hicks},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
How one thinks about or conceptualizes a goal has important consequences for the motivational features of goal pursuit. Two experiments tested the hypothesis, inspired by work on meaning in life, action identification theory, and expectancy-value theory, that high-level construal of an academic goal should enhance motivation to pursue that goal. In each experiment, we manipulated high-level versus low-level construal of an academic goal and assessed several variables related to the goal: the… 

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