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dc.contributor.authorEsson, Patriceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:15:37Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:15:37Z
dc.date.issued2009-05-11en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-07092009-093359en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/38738
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the present study was to expand researchers' understanding of work motivation by taking a pattern approach to the examination of the dimensions of goal orientation. To explore the differential behavior of people who possess different goal orientation patterns, the present study sought to verify the existence of optimal and least optimal patterns using two important motivational outcome variables: self-efficacy and exerted effort. In addition, the role of the performance-approach goal orientation (PGO) dimension within the context of goal orientation patterns was examined. Data was collected from a sample of college students who were asked to perform a puzzle solving task and complete scales assessing their effort exerted and self-efficacy related to this task. Three hundred and seventy one participants were classified into 8 patterns. The results confirmed the existence of an optimal and a least optimal pattern of goal orientation for self efficacy and partially confirmed the existence of such patterns for exerted effort. The findings also suggested that PGO is better understood when it is examined in the context of goal orientation patterns. Specifically, PGO exhibited adaptive behaviors when paired with a strong learning goal orientation (LGO) and weak performance-avoid goal orientation (AGO), and maladaptive behaviors when paired with a strong AGO and low LGO. Taken as a whole, the results indicated that the use of goal orientation patterns produces findings that have not been previously demonstrated by traditional variable-oriented approaches. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectSelf-Efficacyen_US
dc.subjectExerted Efforten_US
dc.subjectPattern Approachen_US
dc.subjectGoal Orientationen_US
dc.titleThey're All in it Together: A Pattern Approach to Exploring Goal Orientationen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHauenstein, Neil M. A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCarlson, Kevin D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDonovan, John J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFoti, Roseanne J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07092009-093359/en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-07-09en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-09-21
dc.date.adate2009-09-21en_US


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