Students’ Social Goals and Outcomes
Daniel L. McCollum, University of Houston – Clear Lake, TX
Social goals are cognitive representations of desired social outcomes that have
an impact in academics. Social goals have been linked to motivation and performance
in young students. However, the role of social goals in college student achievement
needs to be addressed. An instrument was created to measure social goals of college
students. Seven types of social goals were identified and correlated with the
learning engagement outcomes of peer learning, help-seeking, and effort regulation.
Some of the social goals had significant relationships with the outcomes.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2006 Volume 10, Issue 2