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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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VALLE, Antonio et al. Academic goals as predictors of achievement in different school subjects. Rev. Latinoam. Psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.40, n.1, pp. 111-122. ISSN 0120-0534.

This study intends to analyze the various academic goals and their predictive power of the academic achievement in five different school subjects of Spanish core curriculum. In order to assess this, the Questionnaire of Academic Goals has been applied to a large sample of adolescents attending the four grade level years of Spanish Secondary Education (12 to 16 years). Data suggest that achievement is, firstly, explained, positive and significantly, by students’ wish of acquiring competence and control as well as of obtaining a good future job and, secondly, negatively, by reasons strongly related to the preservation of one’s self-esteem. Some implications of this data to learning are discussed.

Keywords : Motivation; Academic goals; Achievement; Secondary education.

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