The role of goal importance in predicting university students' high academic performance

Vanessa A. Kyle, Katherine M. White, Melissa K. Hyde, Stefano Occhipinti

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Abstract

We examined goal importance, focusing on high, but not exclusive priority goals, in the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to predict students' academic performance. At the beginning of semester, students in a psychology subject (N = 197) completed TPB and goal importance items for achieving a high grade. Regression analyses revealed partial support for the TPB. Perceived behavioural control, but not attitude or subjective norm, significantly predicted intention, with intention predicting final grade. Goal importance significantly predicted intention, but not final grade, indicating that perceiving a performance goal as highly, but not necessarily exclusively, important impacts on students' achievement intentions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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