Thesis Title

The Effects of Goal Orientation on Responses to Feedback

Date of Graduation

Spring 2004

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Thomas Kane

Keywords

goal orientation, normative feedback, effort, improvement, Feedback Intervention Theory

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of goal orientation on the feedback response. 119 college students from a Midwest university were provided bogus normative feedback following performance on Boggle®, a word-find task. Participants were randomly assigned to receive positive normative feedback or negative normative feedback. After the manipulation, participants were instructed to take as much time as desired to complete the second task. Learning goal orientation (LGO) contributed to the prediction of time two performance, perceived improvement, and effort. Avoiding goal orientation (AGO) did not significantly contribute to the prediction of any of the dependent variables. There was also no main effect for feedback condition. These findings are inconsistent with the assumptions of Feedback Intervention Theory (FIT) but provide partial support for goal orientation theory.

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© Erin K. Stinson

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