Achievement-Motivation among Navajo Students: A Conceptual Analysis with Preliminary Data

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The concept of achievement motivation has commanded the attention of many scholars over the past 30 years. Besides being prevalent in psychological research, the theoretical foundations of achievement motivation have been readily applied to the practical realm (Alschuler 1973; McClelland and Winter 1969). When this application is toward diverse groups of people in varying situations, though, the present concept of achievement motivation seems to be lacking. The purpose of this paper is to point out the shortcomings and ethnocentric nature of this theoretical approach to achievement motivation and suggest an alternative conceptualization which might better account for cross-cultural and cross-situational differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1980
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1980


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