Perceived competence moderates the relation between performance-approach and performance-avoidance goals

Wilbert LAW, Andrew J. ELLIOT, Kou MURAYAMA

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Abstract

In the present research, we conducted 4 studies designed to examine the hypothesis that perceived competence moderates the relation between performance-approach and performance-avoidance goals. Each study yielded supportive data, indicating that the correlation between the 2 goals is lower when perceived competence is high. This pattern was observed at the between- and within-subject level of analysis, with correlational and experimental methods and using both standard and novel achievement goal assessments, multiple operationalizations of perceived competence, and several different types of focal tasks. The findings from this research contribute to the achievement goal literature on theoretical, applied, and methodological fronts and highlight the importance of and need for additional empirical work in this area. Copyright © 2012 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-819
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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Law, W., Elliot, A. J., & Murayama, K. (2012). Perceived competence moderates the relation between performance-approach and performance-avoidance goals. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104(3), 806-819. doi: 10.1037/a0027179

Keywords

  • Achievement goals
  • Perceived competence
  • Performance-approach
  • Performance-avoidance