ERIC Number: ED373275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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The ABC's of Persistence: Suggestions for Teachers To Improve Students' Effort on Academic Tasks.
Gayer, Harvey; And Others
Researchers have recently attempted to identify the characteristic behaviors of effective problem solvers. To assist those psychologists who work with teachers to improve student levels of persistence on academic tasks, this paper reviews the current literature on persistence. Persistence, or the amount of effort and time a student is willing to devote to a task, has long been considered an important component of ability and achievement because it can demonstrate the individual's commitment to an assignment. Considering that student success can hinge upon an understanding of the student's motivation to meet, challenge, and deal with failure, it would seem that school psychologists need to consider persistence as a component not only of test behavior but also as one upon which further educational recommendations might be based. Practical suggestions are offered to practitioners for enhancing persistence which can then be shared with teachers. The suggestions are divided into four variables: (1) skill-related variables; (2) personality variables; (3) adult-related variables; and (4) perception variables. Different criteria such as achievement, self-efficacy beliefs, motivation, locus of control, reflective feedback, type of goal setting, interpretation of past performance, and presentation of task are highlighted as ways to motivate students. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Attention Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 4-5, 1994).