Adaptive Motivation Theory.
Annual rept. 1 Feb 82-1 Mar 83,
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Adaptive motivation theory has been developed along classic deductive lines. In earlier reports, the conceptual foundations of the theory were presented. These included theories of cognitive development e.g., Piaget, theories of efficacy e.g., White, Bandura and theories of psychoepistemology as linked to motivation e.g., Kelly. In the Annual Report for 1982, the theory, its major propositions and its corollaries were specified. In the past year, the major cross-sectional or parametric relationships have been examined. These relationships represent the necessary but not sufficient conditions for support of the theory. In the course of the current contract year 1982, the first wave of longitudinal data was also gathered. These data represent part of the sufficient conditions for support of the theory. In the Fiscal year 1983, analyses of cross sectional data will be completed and the second and third wave of longitudinal data gathered.