TITLE

Motivation -- Preschool

AUTHOR(S)
McGlannan, Frances
PUB. DATE
May 1973
SOURCE
Journal of Learning Disabilities;May1973, Vol. 6 Issue 5, p301
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a study designed to measure motivation to achieve in young children. Methods of assessing achievement motivation among adolescents and older children have depended heavily on verbal abilities. Since young children not only lack the necessary verbal skills but also tend to withdraw in the testing situation, it is not surprising that no apparent attempts have been made to measure motivation to achieve among preschool children from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The test used in the present study was designed specifically to measure motivation to achieve in young children. The test centers around activities of imaginary figures called gumpgookies, depicted verbally and through illustrations as behaving in ways intended to show differences in motivation. Each item presents two gumpgookies. The child is told that he has his own gumpgookie, which behaves and feels as he does. The examiner points to each gumpgookie as it is described, and the child points to his choice. For example, the child might choose the gumpgookie that is working or the one that is watching an activity.
ACCESSION #
18963337

 

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