From Single-Variable to Persons-in-Relation
It has been more than 25 years since the original work on The Achievement Motive (McClelland et al., 1953) appeared, and therefore I consider directions for future research in achievement motivation with special reference to earlier chapters. My comments will attempt to incorporate the methodological suggestions proposed by Walberg and Uguroglu and the proposal by Parsons and Goff to shift emphasis from an agentic to more communal perspective. My remarks are especially influenced by deCharms’ proposal to study persons-in-action rather than single variables, and the first section is a variation and extension of his theme. I next consider how conceptualizing a person informs methodological decisions, and finally, I propose the study of persons-in-relation as the appropriate phenomenon for psychological inquiry.
KeywordsCommunity Psychology Achievement Motivation Communal Perspective Methodological Decision Comprehensive Conception
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