Achievement Motivation: Theory & Definition


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Which of the following BEST describes achievement motivation?

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1. Sandra and Billy both work in sales and receive performance reviews on a regular basis. Sandra loves these reviews because it makes her a better sales agent. Billy, on the other hand, does not like to receive negative feedback because it hurts his self-esteem and makes him anxious. Who would be considered more achievement motivated, and why?

2. Which of the following is NOT considered a trait of achievement motivated people?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo gauges your understanding of achievement motivation theories and characteristics. The quiz includes sample situations, and you'll need to describe how people motivated to achieve might act.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of achievement motivation
  • Traits of achievement motivated people
  • The name of the theory that includes achievement motivation as a component

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about what characteristics make a person achievement motivated
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of human motivation in regards to personal achievements
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the psychological theory that addresses achievement motivation

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of motivation, review the accompanying lesson called Achievement Motivation: Theory, Definition & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe components of motivation inherent to achievement motivated individuals
  • Explain the theory that explores achievement motivation as one of three types of motivation
  • Provide definitions and examples of three characteristics of achievement motivated people