Students’ Motivational Goals and their Perceptions about Teachers’ Motivational Practices at University Level

Article Title: Students’ Motivational Goals and their Perceptions about Teachers’ Motivational Practices at University Level

Author(s): Misbah Malik and Saima Bibi Ghulam Fatima, Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhter and Mahwish Safder

Institute(s): University of Education, Lahore University of the Punjab, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2013, Vol. 11, No.1, 78-83

Correspondence Address: Misbah Malik, Lecturer, Division of Science and Technology, University of Education, Lahore. Email: misbahmalik97@yahoo.com

Abstract

The present study explored the relationship between research students’ motivational goals and their perceptions about motivational practices of teachers. The inculcation of research oriented thinking in research students is a concern of utmost importance. Goals and Perceptions about Teaching Practices Scale (GPTPS) was used to elicit responses from 181 out of 640 students of Master in Education (1st semester) enrolled in Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. A pilot study was conducted to ensure the reliability of the instrument (α = .93). Correlation between motivational goals and motivational practices was calculated through Pearson. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was run to see difference in achievement goal orientations on the basis of demographic variables. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was run to see difference in achievement goal orientations of different programs. Results showed a strong correlation between teaching practices of teachers and performance goal orientation of students studying at IER. It is, therefore, recommended that teachers should change their motivational practices in order to promote learning oriented goals in students in the subject of research.

Keywords: goal orientation, motivational practices, perceptions, achievement

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