ERIC Number: ED224583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Exploring the Attributional Determinants of Continuing Motivation.
Allen, Thomas E.
Continuing motivation has been defined as an individual's willingness to return to a task or task area at a subsequent time, in similar or varying circumstances, without visible external pressure to do so, and when other behavior alternatives are available. In the current study, path models from Weiner's theory of motivation were developed to explore the attributional antecedents of continuing motivation. Model variables included locus of control, prior and subsequent ratings of task value and expectations for success, subjective judgments of outcome, internal attributions of the cause of success or failure, and continuing motivation. Questionnaires measuring these variables were administered to 168 fifth and sixth graders before and after a unit in science which formed part of their regular curriculum. Separate path analyses were planned for successful and failing students. For successful students, results confirmed many of the predicted path relationships pertaining to value, expectation, locus of control, and continuing motivation, although the mediational effects of attributions were very weak. Too few students reported failing the unit to warrant a full path analysis for that group; however, examination of correlations of data obtained from the failing students suggested that, for them, attributions play an important role in the facilitation of continuing motivation. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Antecedents; Continuing Motivation; Task Value
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).