Attribution Style and Motivation
By the time we become graduate level learners, we have a lot of experience with the role of motivation when we are learning. If we are not at all motivated to learn something, it can be boring, hard work that does not seem to have a purpose. Yet if we are very motivated to learn it, it does not seem like hard work at all. In this assessment, you will explore how locus of control might influence two types of motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic).
In this assessment, you will explore the relationships between locus of control, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and the implications of these concepts as they relate to learning.
First, take Rotter’s assessment to find out your attribution style, or locus of control (LOC).Once you have the results, reflect on the implications for your personal attribution style on your learning experiences.In what way does attribution style relate to extrinsic and intrinsic motivation?Research the relationship between attribution style and motivation.Explain the relation between attribution and extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.Does the research on the connection between attribution and motivation resonate with your personal learning experiences?Explain how this knowledge may guide future decisions about your personal learning process.Then, as a current or aspiring professional in psychology, evaluate the importance of attribution and motivation in your specialized field.Additional Requirements
Length: 2–4 pages (not counting your title page or references), double-spaced, 12-point font.Number of references: Minimum of 2 referencesArticle distinctions: There are three different types of articles. Research articles present original research, review articles discuss research already presented elsewhere, and survey articles are comprehensive review articles that discuss an entire field or area of research. References to books are acceptable, but they should be kept to a minimum—probably no more than five.APA style: You must use proper APA style to cite and list your references. Refer to the Writing Center’s APA Style and Format guidelines (linked in the Suggested Resources) for more information.Format: Use the following structure to organize your paper:Cover page (your name, your specialization or program, title and course number, current quarter and year, and instructor’s name).Body of paper, including headings and subheadings over the appropriate content.Reference list.Refer to the APA Style and Format guidelines for additional formatting information.Style: Write in the third person as an impartial narrator. Avoid the use of I, we, or you. In particular, avoid phrases like “I think” in favor of phrases like “the evidence suggests” or “research indicates.” In science, personal opinion carries no weight unless supported by a combination of empirical research and statistical or logical-mathematical inference.Other notes: Avoid long quoted passages from your source texts. Your writing should be a synthesis of your own ideas, in your own words—even if your ideas refer to the original ideas of others, in which case the references should be explicit. Graduate level writing should be scholarly and more than a mere summary. It should present a unique thesis or at least a significant point you are trying to make, adding appreciably to what is already known of your topic. Your point or thesis will stand or fall solely on its strength—that is, the quality and quantity of the evidence you present.
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