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Title: The mediating role of perceived competence: Testing a motivational sequence in university students
Authors: Núñez, Juan L. 
Martín-Albo Lucas, José
Paredes, Alberto
Rodríguez, Óliver
Chipana, Noemí
UNESCO Clasification: 61 Psicología
58 Pedagogía
Keywords: Self-determination
Perceived competence
Undergraduate students
Intrinsic motivation
Goal orientation
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: 1657-9267
Journal: Universitas Psychologica 
Abstract: In order to test the mediating role of perceived competence between each goal orientation (i.e. task and ego orientations) and intrinsic motivation in a motivational sequence in the context of university education, two models based on the cognitive evaluation theory and the achievement goal theory were tested with 276 Bolivian undergraduate students (138 males, 138 females), who completed Spanish versions of instruments designed to assess motivation, perceived competence, and positive emotions and interest. Two models were found with structural equation modeling techniques, one for ego orientation and one for task orientation. Results showed that perceived competence acts as a good mediator in the relation between ego orientation and intrinsic motivation, and as a partial mediator in the relation between task orientation and intrinsic motivation.
ISSN: 1657-9267
Source: Universitas Psychologica[ISSN 1657-9267],v. 10, p. 669-680
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