Mastery motivation and cognitive development among 18- 36 month old toddlers: A developmental perspective

Shazia Hashmi and Chua, Bee Seok and Murnizam Halik and Carmella E. Ading (2012) Mastery motivation and cognitive development among 18- 36 month old toddlers: A developmental perspective. In: ICPSB 2012 International conference of Psychology and Social Behavior, 2-3 June 2012, Hong Kong, China.


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Previous researchers have suggested that mastery motivation is a force that energizes, directs and sustains goal-directed behavior in children, and is related to their developmental outcomes, such as cognitive, language, socio- emotional, adaptive competence and physical activity. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of mastery motivation on the cognitive development among 30 toddlers between age ranges of 18- 36 months. Mastery motivation among toddlers was measured by using Individualized assessment of mastery motivation Manual (Morgan et al, 1992) which comprised of structured play activities. As for cognitive development, Baylay scale of Cognitive Development (Bayley–III; Bayley, 2006) was used. Simple Regression was used to determine the effect of toddlers’ mastery motivation on their cognitive development. It was found that mastery motivation contributed significantly and positively towards toddlers’ cognitive development (Beta=.612), receptive language scale (Beta=.599) and fine motor scale (Beta=.566). As mastery motivation targets the underlying developmental processes to enhance competence rather than merely teaching skills, it has strong contribution to early childhood intervention programs. Findings of the present research can help parents, caretakers, and child minders to plan intensive pre-school program that provide experiences to optimize child development and enhance mastery motivation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mastery motivation, Cognitive development, Toddlers
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Psychology and Social Work
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 11:41
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 15:17

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