Achievement goals, social goals, and students' reported persistence and effort in high school physical education Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined the relationship between achievement goals and social goals and explored how students achievement goals and social goals might affect their reported persistence and effort expended toward physical education in high school settings. Participants were 544 students from two high schools in the southwest U.S. Multiple regression analysis revealed that social responsibility goals represented the greatest contributor to students expenditure of persistence and effort toward physical education. This was followed by mastery-approach goals, mastery-avoidance goals, and performance-approach goals. In addition, girls reported significantly higher values on both social-relationship goals and responsibility goals than did boys. Findings revealed that students had multiple goals for wanting to succeed in physical education; using both achievement goals and social goals when studying student motivation and achievement in high school physical education settings is recommend.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Guan, J. M., Xiang, P., McBride, R., & Bruene, A.

citation count

  • 63

complete list of authors

  • Guan, JM||Xiang, P||McBride, R||Bruene, A

publication date

  • January 2006