ERIC Number: ED158152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Attributions, Expectancies and Persistence.
Parsons, Jacquelynne E.
To investigate the attributional processes mediating between outcome and expectancies and persistence, children's expectancies, attributions and response latency were measured. Children, equally divided into three age groups (three-five, six-eight, nine-twelve) were shown figures to match and were provided with experimentally controlled feedback on outcome after every trial. In comparison to younger children, the older two age groups rated their abilities lower, the task as more difficult, and spent longer on the task. In addition, the older children's attributions, response times and expectancies were affected by the outcome while the younger children's were not affected to the same degree. In comparison to high-expectancy children, low-expectancy children in both the failure and success condition spent longer on the task, rated the task as more difficult. The author discusses implications of these results for our understanding of the development of achievement attributions. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (toronto, Ontario, Canada, March, 1978); and the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility