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Using Achievement Goal Theory to Investigate Pre-service Music Teachers’ Attitudes toward Grading Practices

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dc.contributor.advisor Ciorba, Charles R.
dc.contributor.author St Pierre, Nathan
dc.creator St Pierre, Nathan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-22T01:22:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-22T01:22:00Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11333
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the interplay between achievement goal orientation (AGO) and attitudes toward grading practices. A secondary purpose was to identify homogeneous groups of participants for further analysis. Pre-service music teachers in their third year of undergraduate study (N = 56) were given measures of their achievement goal orientation (AGQ) and attitudes toward grading practices (GPAS). A cluster analysis homogeneously grouped participants into five AGO Profiles: (a) Non-Mastery-Oriented; (b) Non-Performance-Oriented; (c) Performance-Oriented; (d) Eclectic; and (e) Mastery-Oriented. These AGO Profiles differed significantly with regards to the average GPAS score for each group (GPAS_Total) [F(4, 51) = 2.94, p = .03, η2 = .19]. Specifically, the Mastery Oriented AGO Profile scored significantly (p ≤ .03) higher (M = 162.20, SD = 10.56) than the (a) Non-Mastery-Oriented AGO Profile (M = 143.33, SD = 14.99) and (b) Performance-Oriented AGO Profile (M = 145.90, SD = 10.72). These results suggest that neither AGQ scores representing high mastery-based orientations nor AGQ scores representing low performance-based orientations by themselves are enough to affect attitudes toward grading practices (GPAS_Total). Rather, it is the combination of both high mastery-based orientations with low performance-based orientations that leads to increased acceptance of grading practices typical of standards-based grading (SBG). In addition, AGO Profile, as a categorical variable, was not found to be significantly related to anticipated use of SBG (p = .51).
dc.format.extent 110 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Nathan St Pierre
dc.subject Music education en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Educational psychology en_US
dc.subject Educational Psychology en_US
dc.subject Music Education en_US
dc.subject Standards-based Grading en_US
dc.subject Teacher Education en_US
dc.title Using Achievement Goal Theory to Investigate Pre-service Music Teachers’ Attitudes toward Grading Practices
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Music Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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