The authors thank Angelo DeNisi for his helpful comments.
Predicting Individuals’ Interest After a Performance Result: The Roles of Motivational Orientations at High and Low Performance1
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 557–584, March 2008
How to Cite
Hirschfeld, R. R. and Lawson, L. (2008), Predicting Individuals’ Interest After a Performance Result: The Roles of Motivational Orientations at High and Low Performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 557–584. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00317.x
- Issue published online: 21 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2008
This field study incorporated a trichotomous typology of motivations to explore interactions of a performance result with several motivational orientations in predicting subsequent interest in a learning endeavor. Although relevant literature suggests that low performance would be associated with lower interest, we hypothesized that motivation to approach mastery (i.e., learning and achievement orientations) would counteract this negative relationship. We also hypothesized that motivation to avoid poor performance (i.e., avoid–performance orientation) would exacerbate the link between low performance and lower interest. In light of theoretical issues concerning motivation to show competence (i.e., approach–performance orientation), we did not offer a hypothesis concerning this third type of motivation. Results supported only the hypothesized interactions. Implications of the findings are discussed.