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Examining the Construct Validity of the 3 × 2 Achievement Goal Orientation Framework Within an Engineering Context

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This study investigates the validity evidence of the 3 X 2 achievement goal model using confirmatory factor analysis. Specifically, we sought to explore indicators of discriminant validity to determine whether there was empirical evidence to separate the approach and avoidance valence for the task, self, and other achievement goal types. Overall, we found comparable results of the uniqueness of task, self, and other achievement goals. However, high correlations were noted, raising concern about the utility of the framework within engineering education.