Vistas Online 2015

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


A Contextual Measure of Achievement Motivation: Significance for Research in Counseling

Robert L. Smith


Facilitating levels of achievement and success experiences are fundamental goals of counseling. Instruments used to assess the results of programs designed to increase achievement motivation are at a rudimentary stage. Common practices of measuring achievement motivation and assessing programmatic training are presented and critiqued in this article, followed by an introduction of a Contextual Achievement Motivation Survey (CAMS). The CAMS, based upon McClelland’s theory of achievement motivation, provides an indicator of one’s achievement thoughts and behaviors.. The CAMS is recommended for counselors to use when assessing programs that increase achievement motivation. It is the first instrument that assesses achievement motivation in the context of school, work, family, community, and leisure as well as providing an overall measure of achievement motivation.

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