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Motivational Goal Orientation and Learning Strategies of E-learners

Narjis Sherazi, Sadia Jabeen

Motivational goal orientation and learning strategies have a great impact on students’ learning in an e-learning environment. This study explores the relationship between motivational goal orientation and the metacognitive strategies of 400 students of Virtual University enrolled in various degree programs in the semester Spring 2015. Data is collected using an online survey and data analysis is done by doing descriptive and correlational analysis of motivational goal orientation and the learning strategies used by the students. Findings of the study indicate that there is a strong correlation between intrinsic motivation and metacognitive strategies such as elaboration, organization and time management techniques used by the students in an online environment. Insignificant association is found between intrinsic and extrinsic goal orientation and peer learning among the students. The study concludes that intrinsic motivation of the students and the use of meta-cognitive strategies enable the students to become self-directed learners.

Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Motivational Goal Orientation, Learning Strategies, Metacognitive Learning.

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