ERIC Number: ED024084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Need for Achievement, Curiosity and Sense of Control: Pilot Study for a Large-Scale Investigation.
Greenberger, Ellen; Entwisle, Doris R.
The introduction reviews a number of findings and problems in the measurement of achievement motivation and raises some questions concerning the possible friction between motivation to achieve and curiosity. Subjects for the two pilot studies es were ninth graders of average (95-113) and high IQ (128 +) from a predominantly upper middle-class Jewish, public high school. The first study explores the properties of a set of pictures newly developed to measure need achievement (n Ach). These pictures, separate ones for males and females, display attractive persons in up-to-date academic, vocational, and recreational situations. The results indicate that: (1) the new pictures evoke achievement imagery in amounts and ranges recommended by previous investigators; (2) n Ach scores from these pictures relate somewhat better to grades than scores from other pictures; (3) concern about failure probably interacts with n Ach to affect academic performance; (4) concern about failure seems especially high in average IQ girls and high IQ boys from this milieu; (5) n Ach, curiosity, and sense of control are essentially uncorrelated and are likely to stem from different socialization practices. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.