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MONTEIRO, Rebecca de Magalhães  and  SANTOS, Acácia Aparecida Angeli dos. Learning motivation: differences between the achievement goals of the elementary school students. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.2, n.1, pp. 19-35. ISSN 2236-6407.

This study investigated the achievement goals of students from 3rd to 5th year of elementary school from a public and a private school of Belo Horizonte. Even explored differences related to the variables as school type and school year. The participants consisted of 518 children with ages ranging from 7 to 13 years old. The instrument used was the Escala de Avaliação da Motivação para a Aprendizagem - EMAPRE-I that consists of three factors, learning goal, performance-approach goal and performance-avoidance goal. The results revealed that the most prevalent goal among students in this sample was the performance-avoidance goal and there was a statistically significant difference between goals means of the variable type of school, favouring public school students. In relation to the average goals of school year, learning goal and performance-avoidance goal showed significant differences between the school years of the private school, favouring students year 3 and year 5, respectively.

Keywords : motivation; elementary school; psychoeducational assessment.

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