The Relations of Learning and Grade Orientations to Academic Performance

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hall Beck Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site:

Abstract: This investigation assessed the roles of learning orientation (LO) and grade orientation (GO) in academic performance. Most important, we found that GO was negatively correlated with grade point average (GPA) and General Psychology test scores. Correlations of LO scores with the academic performance measures were not significant. The poor academic performance of students with high GO scores can be partially attributed to lower Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) scores. Even after the effects of SA T were controlled, GO scores were negatively related to G PA and psychology test scores. These findings demonstrate the need for investigations to determine the effects of grading practices on students with high and low grade orientations.

Additional Information

Beck, H. P., Rorrer-Woody, S., & Pierce, L. G. (1991). The relations of learning and grade orientations to academic performance. Teaching of Psychology, 18(1): 35-37. (Feb 1991) Published by Taylor & Francis (ISSN: 1532-8023).
Language: English
Date: 1991

Email this document to