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Title: The development of a work motivations scale with particular reference to its validation.
Author: James, J.
Awarding Body: Institute of Education (University of London)
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 1974
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Abstract:
There is a need for more and better vooational guidanoe and for more re earch into the processe of occupational ohoice . One of the diffioulties enoountered by workers in these fields is the lack of well oonstructed and appropriat measuring instruments. The aim of the research reported in this thesis wae to construct a measure of work values/motivations, and to collect suffioient information about its reliability and validity to enable potential users to assess its possible usefulness in vooational guidance or future reeearoh. After reviewing the relevant litera.ture, the ork Motivations Scale was constructed· using the normal item analysis procedures followed by a factor analysi . The fina,1 Scale consists of six subsoales: Independenoe, Altruism, ~ter1al Benefits, Ohallen and Interest, Social Contact and Prestige. The reliability and stability of their soores were assessed for dif£ rent age groups . A great deal of information on the oorrelates of the BUQaoalea was collected; this includes correlations with general abilit,y , Bocial class , future oocupational and educational plans, achievement motivation and other attitudes. It was also found that the lork otivations Scale could differentiate various oooupational groups. It is concluded that the ork otivations Soale, despite oertain limitations (some of hich might be rectifiable), could be useful in future research, and in vooational guidance if used as a basis for disoussion rather than in a prediotive manner. In addition to this certain interesting results have emerged whioh might repay further investigations . One of these is the influenoe of frame of referenoe and personal expeotation on responses to the ork otivations Soale.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Doctoral Thesis - University of London. Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.460656  DOI: Not available
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