PALS is used to investigate the relationship between a student's learning environment and their affect, motivation, and behavior. It consists of both a student scale and a teacher scale. The student scale investigates personal achievement goal orientations, perceptions of teacher goals, perceptions of the goal structures in the classroom, achievement related beliefs, and perceptions of parents and home life. The teacher scale investigates perceptions of goal structures in the school, goal-related approaches to instruction, and personal teaching efficacy.
Learning environments, Achievement beliefs
A trained research assistant should administer the scales in a student's normal classroom. Typically all instructions and items are read aloud to students by the research assistant as they take the exam on paper.
Access and Use
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