ERIC Number: ED212814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Motivation Training--Effects on ABE/ASE Students' Psychosocial Self-Perceptions.
Martin, Larry G.
A study was conducted to identify psychosocial needs of Adult Basic Education (ABE)/Adult Secondary Education (ASE) students by using the Self-Description Questionnaire (SDQ). A second purpose was to test effectiveness of Achievement Motivation Training (AMT) as a technique to counterbalance the negative impact of these students' former experiences on their psychosocial development. It was hypothesized that AMT conducted by professional psychologists does not change significantly the psychosocial self-perceptions of ABE/ASE students. A pretest/posttest experimental group of 15 ABE/ASE students who received AMT from three professional psychologists were tested using the SDQ which determines the extent to which adults positively or negatively resolved the eight ego-stages of Erikson's model of ego-stage development. Results indicated that significant changes in the psychosocial self-perceptions of the sample were achieved for the first four ego-stages in Erikson's model. The study concluded that when conducted by well-trained persons, AMT could be a useful technique to significantly improve the psychosocial self-perceptions of ABE/ASE students. Implications from the study included provision for testing AMT or a similar technique in ABE/ASE programs and equipping teachers with skills to detect and help students with psychosocial deficiencies. (YLB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Illiteracy, Motivation Techniques, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Psychological Characteristics, Psychological Needs, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Characteristics, Social Development, Social Experience
Institute for Research on Poverty, Social Science Bldg., 1180 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery. Div. of Adult Basic Education.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers: Achievement Motivation Training; Ego Stage Development Model; Erikson (Erik); Psychosocial Development; Self Description Questionnaire