Achievement goal orientation and the critical thinking disposition of college students across academic programmes

Chanut Poondej, Ravinder Koul, Chuchai Sujivorakul

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Abstract

This study links achievement goal theory and models of critical thinking by investigating the relationship between motivational goals and the thinking dispositions of college students enrolled in five different academic programmes in Thailand (N = 1336, males = 32.9% and females = 67.1%). We found significant differences in goal orientations and thinking dispositions across academic programmes. For example, nursing students were significantly more mastery goal-oriented and had a higher level of 'analytical' thinking disposition than students in business, engineering, education and vocational programmes. Multiple regression analysis found a positive influence of mastery goals and a negative influence of performance avoidance goals on the levels of critical thinking dispositions. We found that critical thinking dispositions are related to goal orientation response patterns and vary with the curricular context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-518
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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