ERIC Number: ED217653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Implementing Goal Setting Activities with LD Adolescents.
Tollefson, Nona; And Others
The research was designed to teach 61 learning disabled (LD) junior high school students to set realistic goals, to expend effort to achieve the goals, and to accept responsibility for achieving or failing to achieve their goals. Ss completed the Michigan State Self Concept of Ability Scale, the Intellectual Achievement Responsibility Scale, the Task Attribution Questionnaire, and the "How I Study Scale." Experimental Ss were taught to set realistic achievement goals, develop plans to reach goals, and accept responsibility for outcomes. Intervention produced a significant increase in the number of students exhibiting realistic goal setting strategies. During effort attribution training, the LD students produced a significantly greater number of effort attributions than ability, task difficulty, or luck attributions. The treatment group also showed an increase in internal attributions and a decrease in external attributions. Finally, student satisfaction ratings for the project were positive. Appended is a "Reaching Goals Booklet" which includes games, sample contracts, activities, and sample charts. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence, Inst. for Research in Learning Disabilities.