Bernard Weiner: Attribution Theory & Overview


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What is an attribution?

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1. Which of the following statements is NOT true regarding Bernard Weiner's attribution theory?

2. According to Weiner, we attribute our successes and failures to all of the following EXCEPT _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is meant by the term 'attribution', and how do we use this to interpret our own behavior in any given situation? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you assess what you know about this theory and its application.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of 'attribution'
  • The ability to recognize true statements about Weiner's Attribution Theory
  • To what people attribute their successes and failures
  • What explanations of successes and failures can be based on

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the characteristics and application of the attribution theory
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept that the way we perceive our successes and failures impacts our future performance
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as attributing successes and failures as stable or unstable, or controllable or uncontrollable
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the four things to which we attribute successes and failures

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Bernard Weiner: Attribution Theory, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define attribution
  • List four things to which successes and failures are attributed to
  • Explain three sets of characteristics upon which our explanation of success or failure is based
  • Provide examples to illustrate these characteristics