ERIC Number: ED033978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Can Motives of Low Income Black Children Be Changed? An Interim Report.
De Charms, R.; And Others
Approximately 400 low-income black sixth-grade children underwent a two-step training process to help understand fate-control. After a week of intensive achievement-motivation training, nine experimental teachers and a research team cooperatively designed a program to develop in their students the realization that their behavior in relation to goal attainment is internal to, and controllable by, themselves. Four training units were designed and implemented in the classroom: 1) My Real Self; 2) Stories of Achievement; 3) The Spelling Game, and 4) The Origin-Manual. The training produced highly significant increases in: the use of achievement-words, need for achievement, verbal expressiveness, goal realism, and academic achievement. A control design was used to ensure the validity of the findings. (EM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Aspiration, Black Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Programs, Elementary School Students, Goal Orientation, Individual Power, Low Income, Motivation, Psychological Characteristics, Training Methods, Values, Verbal Communication, Verbal Development
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: McClelland Need Achievement Test
Note: Symposium prepared for the American Educational Research Association Meetings (Los Angeles, Calif., February 7, 1969)