ERIC Number: ED309349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Changing Women's Ascriptions through a Leadership Training Program.
Connell, Jim; Kimmel, Ellen B.
The purpose of this study was to determine if an intervention package designed to develop the administrative and managerial skills of women vocational educators would change their ascriptions to resemble those of male high achievers. The independent variable was a 2-week residential institute held in June 1982. The dependent variable was attributions as measured by the Trent Attribution Profile. Candidates were selected in a highly competitive process and then randomly assigned either to the control (N=26) or intervention (N=24) group. The hypotheses that as a result of the Institute the participants would increase their attributions to ability in self-success attributions and decrease their ascriptions to ability for self-failure situations were not supported. Failure to find positive results for self-success was thought to be due to a ceiling effect and lack of sensitivity in the instrument; for self-failure, a lack of emphasis in the Institute's program on perceptions of failure of situations was blamed. The participants did increase ascriptions to luck in self-success situations, a finding which was unexpected. Further research on the Trent Attribution Profile revealed a correlation between luck and ability for high-need achievers. This positive finding was considered to be both significant and desirable. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
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