• Jan Retelsdorf
  • Catharina Günther
This study is connected to recent research that introduced achievement goal theory as a framework for research on teacher motivation. We aimed at investigating teachers’ goals’ indirect effects on their instructional practices through their reference norms. Drawing on a sample of 206 teachers, structural equation modeling revealed that mastery orientation was connected to more adaptive forms of reference norms and instruction, whereas less adaptive patterns were recorded for ability-approach orientation, ability-avoidance orientation, and work avoidance. Thus, school should not only focus on the enhancement of students’ mastery goals but also on fostering teachers’ mastery goals. [Editor]
Original languageEnglish
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1111-1119
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Aims and models - Teacher motivation, achievement goal orientation, Teachers’ reference norms, Instructional practices, teachers characteristics

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