The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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Need for Achievement (n Ach) and Occupation


The purpose of this study was to determine if students have a higher Need for Achievement (n Ach) than people who are not in school and in part-time employment. Need for achievement was converted into categories (achieved and not achieved) instead of individual scores in order to control for the non-normal distribution of the data. There was also a cue category, and each participant was placed in either a high cue category or a low cue category. The hypothesis was that students in the high cue category would have a high n Ach and students in the low cue would have a moderate n Ach. Employees were hypothesized to have a moderate n Ach level in the high cue category and little to no n Ach in the low cue category. Two chi-squared tests of independence were conducted: one for achieved and one for not achieved. The achieved chi-squared found no significant result c2 (1, N = 9) = 2.38, p > 0.05 and the not achieved also found no significant result c2 (1, N = 21) = 0.38, p > 0.05. Coding was compared to another psychology student and a moderate inter-rater reliability of 73% was found.

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