Goal Orientation - Minnesota State University Moorhead

Goal Orientation - Minnesota State University Moorhead

Goal Orientation The point of Education Goals What are academic goals? The it that you want Achievement of the desired outcome The difference between education & baby-sitting Effectiveness of Goals

Directs Attention helps you focus Mobilizes Effort you set your alarm clock Increases Persistence you keep showing up Promotes Invention you simply find a way up the mountain Types of Goals Learning Goals Mastery orientation

Improve understanding Task-Involved Learners* Risk-takers Comments taken as feedback Cooperative with other learners Lost in their work Personally responsible Types of Goals Performance Goals Comparison orientation

Judge quality of work by others work Ego-Involved learners* Risk-Avoiders Comments taken as criticism Competitive with other learners Parades successes & hides failures Many excuses Most likely to cheat, use short cuts, etc. Types of Goals Work Avoidant

School is a game Object is to do as little as possible Wallflower* Its is Christmas and you dont know name Avoids eye contact Sits on edges of classroom Slouches in their seat Does nothing but the minimum required Types of Goals Social Goals

School is a way to make/maintain friends Dont let school get in the way of an education Socialite* Prefers Hanging out Active in one or more clubs, sports, etc. Manipulator/leader Friends more important than school work

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