Accession Number : AD0756696

Title :   Instrumentality Theory Predictions of Academic Behavior.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Mitchell,Terence R. ; Pollard,William E.

Report Date : NOV 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The purpose of the study was to test instrumentality theory predictions of work effort. The theory suggests that effort exerted on an activity is a function of the probability (instrumentality) of effort leading to certain outcomes weighted by the evaluation of these outcomes. In this research the amount of effort exerted on various tasks by a group of faculty members at a large university was examined. Predictions based on instrumentality theory were tested along with predictions based on modification of the theory. (Author Modified Abstract)

Descriptors :   (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION), (*BEHAVIOR, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), INSTRUCTORS, UNIVERSITIES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), TEST METHODS, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), CORRELATION TECHNIQUES

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE