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Unmotivated or motivated to fail? A cross-cultural study of achievement motivation, fear of failure, and student disengagement

De Castella, Krista; Byrne, Don; Covington, Martin


A classic distinction in the literature on achievement and motivation is between fear of failure and success orientations. From the perspective of self-worth theory, these motives are not bipolar constructs but dimensions that interact in ways that make some students particularly vulnerable to underachievement and disengagement from school. The current study employs the quadripolar model of need achievement (Covington, 1992; Covington & Omelich, 1988) to explore how these approach and avoidance...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Educational Psychology


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