Fantasy as a driving force: relations between fantasy and motivation in children

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The relationship between children’s fantasy involvement and motivational style at
school was investigated. Participants were 95 Swedish children in third to fifth grade (9–11 years). Fantasy involvement was measured with the Children’s Fantasy Inventory and motivation in the classroom was measured with the Goal Orientation Scales. Results revealed that being highly imaginative was related to higher mastery goal orientation. Among the two subscales with positive fantasy content, one—fanciful and happy fantasies—was connected to mastery goals. Among the two negative fantasy scales one—scary daydreams and attention lapses—was linked to avoidance goals. An implication of the results for teaching and learning situations is that fantasy involvement may function as a resource for motivating students.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi


  • imagination, fantasy, fantasy involvement, achievement goal theory, mastery goals, learning goals, performance approach goals, ability demonstration goals, avoidance goals
Sidor (från-till)250-267
Antal sidor18
TidskriftImagination, Cognition and Personality
Utgåva nummer3
Tidigt onlinedatum2017 okt 13
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa