Student 's Lack Of Performance Through Attribution Theory Essay

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Our group, upon reading "The Little Engine that Couldn 't" and collaboration with each other, have decided to explore the student 's lack of performance through Attribution Theory. This theory helps explain why, though given examples and a directive, the students in the room still seem unmotivated to do their work. The students beliefs that they aren 't capable either because of cultural aspects, locus of control, control of their environment, lack of stability in their abilities, or their lack of self-efficacy are causing them not to perform as well as Mr. Esky believes they can. While all four of these aspects play a huge role in the Attribution Theory, I will focus on how the lack of stability in their abilities or their lack of self-efficacy causes them to perform poorly in Mr. Esky’s classroom. The attribution theories are explanations of how people construct meaning of an event and how it influences their motivation and behavior. Three different dimensions of behavior characterize the attribution theory and how it contributes to an individual’s success or failure. The three dimensions include locus, stability and controllability (Woolfolk, 2014). Each of these dimensions are important in the efforts of motivation. The attribution theory is used to establish the level of motivation between high and low achievers. If a student is a high achiever they will take on tasks or assignments because they believe success comes from effort and confidant. On the other spectrum,…

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