The context for learning: A developmental perspective on student perceptions of their school life and learning goals.

Year: 1992

Author: Ainley, Mary D.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Analysis of the effects of student motivation on learning has drawn attention to the influence of an individual's goals on learning. The general goal orientation which a student brings to their learning affects their construction of the task, the learning strategies they employ, and the learning outcomes. This investigation explores the interrelationships between student perceptions of the quality of their school life and the development of general goals in learning. Canonical correlation analyses were used to explore the associations between these two sets of variables.The findings from a group of secondary students monitored from Year 7 to Year 11 will be presented along with comparative data from different student cohorts.