Information seeking and achievement motivation in middle childhood and adolescence: the role of conceptions of ability.

@article{Butler1999InformationSA,
  title={Information seeking and achievement motivation in middle childhood and adolescence: the role of conceptions of ability.},
  author={Ruth Butler},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={35 1},
  pages={146-63}
}
Two studies confirmed that maladaptive responses to failure in ego-involving settings depend on acquisition of the differentiated concept of ability (DCA) in early adolescence (J. G. Nicholls, 1984). Information seeking, performance, and interest in task versus ego-involving conditions were examined among 190 pupils in Grades 4 and 8 and 139 pupils in Grades 5-6 who had or had not acquired the DCA. Age and conception of ability had similar effects. Pupils who had acquired the DCA responded to… CONTINUE READING

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