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Motivational Effects in So-Called Tests of Ability and Educational Achievement

  • John W. Atkinson

Abstract

The title identifies a confrontation between two ways of thinking about the very same behavioral phenomena that has been going on for some time. But now motivational psychology has caught up with test theory in the clarity, completeness, and coherence of a mathematical model of motivation and action called the dynamics of action (Atkinson & Birch, 1970, 1974, 1978). The next decade should produce a new understanding of the proper relationship between test theory, which is grounded in statistical considerations, and the new theory of motivation, which is grounded in more than a quarter of a century of research on the problem and psychological considerations.

Keywords

Grade Point Average Educational Achievement Test Theory Test Achievement Intellective Performance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Atkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of MichiganUSA

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