General Achievement Goals Orientation Scale: Factorial analysis in high school students

Andreia Gomes, Ângela Sá Azevedo, Paulo Cesar Dias, Teresa Guimarães, Isabel Lima, Ana Salgado


This paper aims to present the results of the Portuguese adaptation of General Achievement Goal Orientation Scale (GAGOS; McInerney & Yeung, 2000). This instrument has five different motivation scales: Motivation Value, Global Motivation, General Mastery, General Performance and General Social. The work of adaptation consisted in a exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and internal consistency analysis from the data of two samples of 617 and 418 High School students. The results suggest a solution with good psychometric properties, in terms of validity as acceptable fidelity, with differences per gender and relationship with age and education level. The results discussed and suggestions presented.


Goals, Achievement, Motivation, High school, Scale.


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