The Relationship between Achievement Goals and Academic Success: The Investigation of Mediating Role of Academic Self-efficacy

Document Type: Original Article


Department of psychology, Mahabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mahabad, Iran


The main goal of this paper was to identify the relationship between achievement goals and academic self-efficacy with academic success. It was attempted to investigate the mediating role of academic self-efficacy in the relationship between achievement goals with academic success. The sample of this study comprised 220 participants, in different ages including both men and women. The instruments used were the achievement goals orientations contained 14 items (Midgley et al., 2000), the 8-item academic self-efficacy (Pintrich et al., 1991) and student's academic success: Grade Point Average (GPA). The results indicated that the mastery goals, performance-approach goals and self-efficacy had a significant relationship with academic success. The results showed that self-efficacy has the facilitative role in the relationship between mastery goals and performance-approach goals for academic success and mastery goals and self-efficacy could be strongly effective in the motivating strategies for enhancing learning.


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