ERIC Number: ED029067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Motivation Training for Potential High School Dropouts. Achievement Motivation Development Project Working Paper Number 4.
McClelland, David C.
This pilot project sought to determine if instruction in achievement motivation would help potential dropouts to complete their schooling. Subjects were tenth grade students in a suburban Boston high school. A one-week residential course during winter and spring vacations was taken by one group of six boys and a second group of four. Equated matched control groups were set up. Course content consisted of learning about the achievement syndrome, exercises in self-study, planning future activities, and learning individual responsibility from group living. Findings show that fully trained boys (those who remained in the course for the full five days) had improved academic performance and better attitudes toward school. On the whole, however, the results are said to be inconclusive. The project gains significance largely because the study is one of the very few which show that intervention can produce a significant improvement in "hard core" problem boys. (NH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.