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The role of achievement goals, approaches to learning, and deliberate practice in chess achievement


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Šlabek, Ivan. (2018). The role of achievement goals, approaches to learning, and deliberate practice in chess achievement. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Buško, Vesna].

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The aim of this study was to investigate relationships between achievement goals, approaches to learning, deliberate practice and various measures of achievement in chess and to research if approaches to learning and deliberate practice could help to explain the relationship between achievement goals and different measures of achievement in chess. The participants were 135 chess players above 14 years of age with national chess rating score. The questionnaires applied were modified versions of Achievement Goal Questionnaire (AGT, Elliot & McGregor, 2001) and Revised Approaches to Studying inventory (RASI, Entwistle, McCune i Tait, 2003). In addition, objective measures of chess achievement (current national rating, peak international rating, one year international rating change) and deliberate practice (number of international games played in a year) were collected. Research results showed that achievement goals were contributors to understanding of chess players’ approaches to learning and engaging in deliberate practice. Also, achievement goals predicted peak chess rating and one-year rating change. When controlling for chess players’ age, serious chess age, and chess books owned, achievement goals were still significant predictors of one-year chess rating change. In addition, research results showed that approaches to learning were not significant predictors of various measures of chess achievement. In contrast, engaging in deliberate practice of chess was useful in explanation of chess achievement. Future research should investigate in more detail the role of deliberate practice in relationship between achievement goals and chess achievement.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: achievement goals, goal orientations, deliberate practice, approaches to learning, chess achievement
Subjects: Psychology > Psihometrija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Buško, Vesna
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 07:28
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 07:28

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