Bernard Weiner’s Attribution Theory1

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    Bernard Weiner’s Attribution  Theory Barbara Slater Stern, Ed. D. Secondary Education Program EDUC 640 James Madison University
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Purpose: Attribution theory addresses the ways  individuals arrive at causal explanations and  the implications of those beliefs. In other words, attribution theory examines  behavior and tries to answer “why?” Thus, this is a theory of motivation as  opposed to learning.
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Principles: Views people from their search to  understand and to achieve personal  fulfillment Thus, the focus is on the relationship  among  achievement-related outcomes Causal beliefs Subsequent emotions and activities
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Assumptions The search for understanding is a  primary motivator of action Attributions (causal explanations) are  complex sources of information about  behavior Future behavior is determined, in part,  by the perceived causes of prior  behavior.
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Three Dimensions of  attributions Dimension Description Personal Domain Social Domain Locus of cause Internal/ external Ability internal Luck external Personal trait Someone else’s  “stuff” Stability Constancy or  durability Ability is stable Effort unstable Phys.  Attractiveness is  stable, desired  object is  busy/unstable Controllability
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