Personal Causation Training in the Schools1


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    This paper was originally presented in August 1971 at the Internationales Forschungsseminar iiber Lern- und Bildungs-prozesse (FOLEB) in Munich, Germany. The research reported was supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of America.

Requests for reprints should be sent t o Dr. Richard deCharms, Graduate Institute of Education, McMillan Hall, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63 130.


Black elementary school teachers received personal causation training and designed and implemented classroom exercises for their sixth and seventh grade classes. Results of this field experiment showed increased motivation of teachers and students, enhanced academic achievement of students and students' perceptions of being treated as Origins. The Origin-Pawn variable was found to mediate between personal causation and academic achievement.