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Geekism and achievement motives

Drees, M.L. (2014) Geekism and achievement motives.

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Abstract:The study at hand explores the relationship between geekism and achievement goal theory. Geekism, among other traits, refers to the act of spending a lot of time in acquiring knowledge about technological products. Whereas, achievement goals refer to the intention an individual has before entering a competitive situation. The theory of achievement goals distinguishes between mastery goals and performance goals. In order to find out if geekism and achievement goals are related, 27 individuals were asked to participate in a study. Geekism was measurement with the help of a questionnaire and a picture story exercise. A need for cognition scale was also used to approximate geekism tendency. The achievement goal were modified versions of a 3x2 distinction of achievement goals, separating task, self and other oriented goals, and approach and avoidance conflicts. A regression analysis was conducted and no correlation between geekism and mastery achievement goals was found. However, a significant gender effect was found on geekism.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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