Attribution Retraining: Effects on Persistence in Special Education Students' Mathematics Behavior

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To investigate the effects of attribution retraining under conditions of intermittent success and failure, 14 helpless subjects were given 15 days of treatment in one of two procedures. Except for the attribution of all failures to lack of effort in the attribution retraining condition, the two procedures were identical in all respects. After training, both groups showed significant and equivalent improvement in reactions to failure, suggesting that intermittent success and failure increase the persistence of helpless children, rather than attribution retraining as suggested by Dweck (1975). Recommendations included follow-up studies and exploration of the attributional patterns of children under conditions ... continued below

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Benson, Patricia Ann May 1978.

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To investigate the effects of attribution retraining under conditions of intermittent success and failure, 14 helpless subjects were given 15 days of treatment in one of two procedures. Except for the attribution of all failures to lack of effort in the attribution retraining condition, the two procedures were identical in all respects. After training, both groups showed significant and equivalent improvement in reactions to failure, suggesting that intermittent success and failure increase the persistence of helpless children, rather than attribution retraining as suggested by Dweck (1975). Recommendations included follow-up studies and exploration of the attributional patterns of children under conditions of intermittent success and failure.

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Benson, Patricia Ann. Attribution Retraining: Effects on Persistence in Special Education Students' Mathematics Behavior, thesis, May 1978; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504511/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .