Learners’ Goal Profiles and their Learning Patterns over an Academic Year

Clarence Ng, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Jun 26, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I have long argued that the solution to the problem of motivation lies in providing students with subjects they want to study and become proficient in. To my mind, this article to some degree validates that argument. The authors conclude, "Distance learners learn with different goal profiles that are associated with different learning patterns... distance learners who endorsed both mastery and performance-approach goals engaged in deep learning using adaptive strategies consistently throughout an academic year. (They) remained interested in learning and had confidence in their learning abilities across three different survey points over the year."

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