Brown Bag Seminar: Jan Dörendahl
Speaker: Jan Dörendahl
Title: Approaching the domain specificity of achievement goal orientation
Abstract: Achievement goal orientation can be defined as students’ personal cognitive representation of desired and undesired competence-related end states in achievement situations. As a predictor of highly relevant academic outcomes, such as academic emotions, learning strategies, and interest it is among the central motivational constructs in educational psychology. Previous investigations have supported a domain-specific conceptualization of achievement goals as compared to a domain-general conceptualization. The current study now seeks to explain the domain-specific formation of achievement goal orientation drawing on the dimensional comparison theory and longitudinal data of 381 German ninth and tenth grade students. Results suggest that dimensional comparison processes mediated by domain-specific academic self-concept influence the formation of domain-specific achievement goal orientation.