Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Educational Psychology

First Committee Member

Krista R. Muis

Number of Pages



Two studies were conducted to examine whether students' achievement goal orientations change as tasks change. These studies examined whether goal orientations are stable personality traits; Sixty-six undergraduate students at a large southwestern university enrolled in introductory educational psychology classes participated in these studies. Students self-reported goal orientations using the Patterns of Adaptive Learning Scale (PALS; Midgley et al., 2000) were collected five times over the course of a semester: general context and before two assignments and two exams; A 3 (goal orientation subscale) x 4 (time) doubly multivariate repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted. Students' performance scores were also submitted to a Rasch analysis using the program Quest (Adams & Khoo, 1994) to ensure equivalent difficulty levels across tasks. Classroom observations were conducted and teachers' self-reported classroom goal structures were collected to ensure equivalent instructional techniques across studies; The findings supported the hypothesis that levels of goal orientations change at different tasks.


Examining; Goal; Orientation; Stability

Controlled Subject

Educational psychology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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