A Developmental Perspective on Theories of Achievement Motivation

  • Diane N. Ruble


Research in the area of achievement motivation is concerned ultimately with predicting the strength of desire to engage and persist in achievement-related activities. There have been numerous theoretical orientations guiding this research and several important components of achievement behavior have been identified. However, notably absent from theoretical formulations of achievement (with only a few exceptions—see Smith, 1969; Weiner, Kun, & Benesh-Weiner, in press) has been a developmental perspective—a model of the emergence of the central components of motivation and an analysis of the antecedents and consequences of such developmental changes.


Moral Judgment Developmental Change Social Comparison Achievement Motivation Developmental Perspective 


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  • Diane N. Ruble
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA

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