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ERIC Number: ED070583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 168
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An Evaluation of Expressed Level of Aspiration as a Determinant of Performance in an Under-Graduate Biology Course.
Pearce, Richard Mott
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the level of aspiration procedure consisting of knowledge of results plus goal-setting possesses a motivational property as reflected in performance on subject matter criterion instruments above that of knowledge of results alone. The sample consisted of 255 students enrolled in a three-term college biology sequence at Oregon State University. Data were collected in the spring term from five subject matter criterion instruments and scholastic orientation. Previous performance scores in the first two biology courses were used to classify the students into four performance groups. One-tailed t-tests were used to analyze the data for significance. Among the findings were the following: (1) There was a significant statistical difference between the mean performance on departmental criterion instruments of the experimental and control groups of the C performance classification only; (2) Insignificant results may have been caused by the short experimental period and conditions under which the treatment was administered; and (3) It was also concluded that the Brown-Holtzman Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes did not serve as a measure of level of aspiration. (Author/RH)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University