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ERIC Number: ED106725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Personal Causation Training and Goal Setting in Seventh Grade.
Muir, Marion S.; deCharms, Richard
This study is one in a series investigating the relationship between motivation training and measures of individual motivation and school behavior of elementary school pupils. One-hundred and twenty-two seventh grade students from an inner-city school district were divided into experimental and control groups by random assignment of classrooms. Motivation training was given to teachers in the experimental classrooms and then training units emphasizing feelings of personal causation were designed by the authors in collaboration with the teachers and used by the teachers in their classrooms. Effects of the motivation training on the experimental children were not significant in the sample although trends suggested that a larger sample (which can be scored) might make the trends significant. The measure of personal causation motivation used in a previous study was coded for two subscales measuring intrinsically relevant motivation and imposed motivation. Using these two measures in conjunction with a measure of ability (intelligence), it was possible to demonstrate significant portions of variance accounted for by the motivation measure over and above that accounted for by intelligence. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A