ERIC Number: ED368991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Action Control, Motivation, and Academic Achievement.
Menec, Verena H.; Schonwetter, Dieter J.
Kuhl's (1985) theory of action control focuses on the processes that protect a current intention from competing action tendencies. Applied to the educational domain, the theory would predict that students who are action-oriented would be better equipped to deal with various challenges, such as failing a test, thereby increasing the likelihood of success in college. In the present study, college students' action orientation and motivational profile (success orientation and failure avoidance) was measured, and the effect of these individual differences on emotion control, task involvement, attributions, etc. was assessed. The results show that action orientation was associated with greater control over emotions, less concern about being interrupted while completing a task, and less physiological arousal and cognitive interference during test-taking. Indirectly, action orientation also contributed to better performance on an in-class test. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Action Control
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).