ERIC Number: EJ1065905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding Why Students Do What They Do: Using Attribution Theory to Help Students Succeed Academically
Gaier, Scott E.
Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, v31 n2 p6-19 Spr 2015
According to attribution theory, people seek to make sense of their environment through ascribing causality to their behavior and the behavior of others and these attributions impact future behavior (Jones et al., 1972). In essence, people seek to answer and understand why. This fundamental concept associated with attribution theory is important for equipping developmental education faculty and practitioners to influence student behavior and learning in order to help students succeed academically. This paper presents a general overview of attribution theory and how factors associated with attribution can equip teachers to make sense of student behavior and learning. Suggestions for assigning causality to identify and establish accurate attributions to help students succeed are included.
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Success, Academic Achievement, Causal Models, Interaction, Learner Engagement, Student Behavior, Learning Processes, Student Needs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role
New York College Learning Skills Association. Web site: http://www.nyclsa.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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