Graduate Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Pedagogical Studies

Supervisory Committee Chair

Patricio Jaramillo, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

R. Scott Irwin, Ph.D.


Thirty-eight third grade students were given the Intellectual Achievement Responsibility (lAR) Questionaire in order to determine their internal and external attribution scores. From those scores, 28 subjects were chosen to test the hypothesis by performing two separate but related tasks under the conditions of self-and external rewards. A correlation using the Pearson Product- Moment Correlation Coefficient was computed in order to determine the relation between the subject's attribution level and performance under different conditions of reward. The results showed a higher relationship between attribution and self-reward when self-reward followed external reward. A Chi square test was also computed to determine whether the subjects who scored internal and external (according to the lAR scores) on the test actually attributed their performance in like manner to a set of questions that followed each treatment. Those results showed that the subjects' attribution regarding performance was consistent with their attribution as predicted by the test (accepted the null hypothesis at the .05 level).



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