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Mastery Motivation in Early Childhood

Development, Measurement and Social Processes, 1st Edition

Edited by David J. Messer


272 pages

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All children possess a motive to ‘master’ the various tasks and problems that they face. Without mastery motivation, it is doubtful whether children would make progress in cognitive, social communicative and other domains. Although all children possess this motivation, it will vary according to inherited dispositions and to environmental experiences. This makes mastery motivation a key factor in understanding later developmental and educational achievement.

Concentrating on pre-school children, this volume, originally published in 1993, brought together current research work and thinking concerned with mastery motivation at the time. New ideas are presented about the way mastery is related to other developmental processes such as self-concepts and attention. There are discussions and findings about innovations in the methods of assessing mastery. Another important theme present in this volume, is the way in which features of social interaction, attachment and the environment influence the development of mastery motivation.

With a broad range of international contributors, this title will still be of interest to developmental psychologists and educationalists, and advance students in these fields.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations. Notes on Contributors. 1. Mastery Motivation: An Introduction to Theories and Issues David J. Messer Part 1: Developmental Processes 2. Mastery, Attention, IQ and Parent-Infant Social Interaction David J. Messer 3. Mastery Motivation and the Formation of Self-Concept from Infancy through Early Childhood Kay Donahue Jennings 4. The Development of Mastery and its Perception within Caretaker-Child Dyads Jutta Heckhausen Part 2: Conceptualization and Measurement 5. Three Studies on the Development of Mastery Motivation in Infancy and Toddlerhood Karen Caplovitz Barrett, George A. Morgan and Christine Maslin-Cole 6. Parent and Teacher Perceptions of Young Children’s Mastery Motivation: Assessment and Review of Research George A. Morgan, Christine Maslin-Cole, Robert J. Harmon, Nancy A. Busch-Rossnagel, Kay D. Jennings, Penny Hauser-Cram and Lois Brockman 7. Mastery Motivation in Ethnic Minority Groups: The Sample Case of Hispanics Nancy A. Busch-Rossnagel, Maribel Vargas, Diana E. Knauf And Ruth Planos 8. Social and Motivational Development in Deaf and Hearing Infants Robert H. MacTurk 9. The Construct Validity of Measures of Social Mastery Motivation Terri T. Coombs and Theodore D. Wachs Part 3: Attachment and Social Processes 10. Mastery Motivation in Toddlers as Related to Quality of Attachment J. Marianne Riksen-Walraven, Hans Th. Meij, Juchke van Roozendaal and Jeanette Koks 11. Toddler Mastery Motivation and Competence: Links with Attachment Security, Maternal Scaffolding and Family Climate Christine Maslin-Cole, Inge Bretherton and George A. Morgan 12. Mastery Motivation in 3-year-old Children with Down Syndrome Penny Hauser-Cram. Name Index. Subject Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child