Generalizability of achievement goal profiles across five cultural groups: More similarities than differences

David LITALIEN, Alexandre J. S. MORIN, Dennis Michael MCINERNEY

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Abstract

Previous results have shown possible cultural differences in students’ achievement goals endorsement and in their relations with various predictors and outcomes. In this person-centered study, we sought to identify achievement goal profiles and to assess the extent to which these configurations and their associations with predictors and outcomes generalize across cultures. We used a new statistical approach to assess latent profile similarities across adolescents from five cultural backgrounds (N = 2,643, including Non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Australians, Indigenous American, Middle Easterners, and Asians). Our results supported the cross-cultural generalizability of the profiles, their predictors, and their outcomes. Five similar profiles were identified in each cultural group, but their relative frequency differed across cultures. The results revealed advantages of exploring multidimensional goal profiles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-283
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Volume51
Early online dateAug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Citation

Litalien, D., Morin, A. J. S., & McInerney, D. M. (2017). Generalizability of achievement goal profiles across five cultural groups: More similarities than differences. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 51, 267-283.

Keywords

  • Achievement goal profiles
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Latent profile analyses
  • Personal Investment Theory

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