Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

John M. Newton

Second Advisor

Clemm Kessler III

Third Advisor

Kenneth Deffenbacher


Theoretical advances in science are often precipitated by some methodological development that permits a new approach to the guest for knowledge. Such was the case with the study of human motivation in psychology. This thesis represents, in part, a review of the work in achievement motivation that followed the development of the thematic apperceptive measure of achievement motivation by McClelland, et. al. in 1953. In addition, it is hoped that this study will make a significant contribution to the large body of knowledge spawned in the field of achievement motivation.

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