Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Motivation is a central issue in academics. Previous research has shown that goal setting is one method of increasing motivation, with specific goals being more motivating than nonspecific, do your best goals. Research has also shown that self-selected goals increase motivation more than externally imposed goals. The present study examined the effects of self-selected, externally imposed, and do your best goals on task motivation when the personality factor locus of control was controlled by blocking subject groups. It was shown that an interaction exists between method of goal setting and locus of control. It was also found that method of goal setting does not affect the level of motivation of individuals who hold an internal locus of control perspective. However, method of goal-setting was found to affect the motivation of individuals who hold an external locus of control perspective. The results of the study are discussed in terms of academic applications, and suggestions for further research are offered.
Coburn, Paula, "The Effects of Locus of Control and Method of Goal Setting on Task Motivation" (1990). Student Work. 178.