Educational motivation and students' achievement goal orientations

Fadlelmula F. K.

2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.859-863 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.116
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.859-863
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper aims to enhance teachers' understandings of the nature and importance of students' achievement goal orientations in elementary mathematics education. In particular, the study includes a theoretical background about what achievement goal orientation is, and the nature of students' goal orientations. Next, a literature review is provided about the major models identified in goal theory. Then, a discussion is made about why achievement goal orientations are important in mathematics education, supported with the research findings in the literature. Finally, a conclusion is made to summarize the main arguments discussed in the previous parts, with specific suggestions to mathematics teachers. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.