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Investigating the link between social goals and learning strategies
European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (2011)
  • Ronnel B King, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dennis M. McInerney
  • David A. Watkins

Research in cross-cultural psychology has indicated that people from different cultures are motivated by different types of goals. In collectivist cultures, the power of social goals may be especially salient. However, studies on student motivation usually focus only on two types of goals: mastery and performance goals, thus neglecting the potential role of social goals. The aim of the present study was to investigate how different types of social goals, i.e. social affiliation, social approval, social concern, and social status goals were related to learning strategies in a collectivist culture. 697 secondary students from Hong Kong answered the relevant questionnaires. Results indicated that social concern and social status goals were the most adaptive type of social goal. Implications are discussed.

Publication Date
September, 2011
Citation Information
King, R.B., McInerney, D.M., & Watkins, D.A. (2011, September). Social goals and learning strategies. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom.