Mastery Motivation in Early Childhood: Development, Measurement, and Social Processes


Mastery motivation is concerned with how children learn or "master" certain tasks. Aspects of cognitive, social and language development are all important and mastery motivation is a key factor in understanding later developmental and educational achievement. Concentrating on the pre-school child, the book examines how mastery motivation is best measured and assessed and includes innovations in methodology. It also looks at how environmental components, such as the parent-infant relationship or the use of toys, affect the development of mastery motivation. In addition, the relation between the acquisition of longer attention span and persistence in infants, and their subsequent educational achievement, is discussed. Contributors: Inge Bretherton, Terri T. Coombs, Lois Brockman, Dr. Busch-Rossnagel, Karen Capovitz-Barrett, Robert J. Harmon, Penny Hauser-Cram, J. Heckhausen, Kay Jennings, D. K. Knauf, Jeannette Koks, R. H. MacTurk, Hans Th. Meij, David Messer, G. Morgan, J. MarianneRiksen-Walraven, Juchke van Roozendaal, M. Vargas, and T. Wachs.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • David J. Messer
  • Kay Donahue Jennings
  • Jutta Heckhausen
  • Karen Caplovitz Barrett
  • George A. Morgan
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1993


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