Similar goals, different results: differences in group learning goals and their impact on academic achievements

Oz Guterman, Ari Neuman

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Abstract

Research has indicated significant disparities in the academic achievement of minority and majority groups in most Western countries. In light of the role of academic achievement as the main component of social mobility, it is important to understand the source of these differences between the majority and minority groups. The present research focused on learning goals as a possible basis for the disparity in academic achievement. It examined the learning goals of matched groups of students of Jewish and Arab Israelis who were enrolled in the same academic institution, and followed their academic achievement for two years. The findings indicate a gap between the groups in terms of achievement in favour of the students from the Jewish majority group. No difference was found between the groups in learning goals, but the level of intrinsic goal orientation was associated with achievement differently in the two groups. Possible explanations and implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-741
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Learning goals
  • academic achievement
  • higher education
  • minority groups
  • students

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