Maria Teresa Amata, Francesco Domenico Di Blasi, Claudia Cantagallo, Angela Antonia Costanzo, Maria Finocchiaro, Rosa Zuccarello, Santo Francesco Di Nuovo, Serafino Buono

Attributional style, representation of intelligence and achievement goal orientation in children with Borderline Intellectual Functioning

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Keywords: Borderline Intellectual Functioning; Attribution; Learning; Implicit Theories of Intelligence; Achievement Goal Orientation.

This study was carried out with a group of pupils presenting with Borderline Intellectual Functioning. The overall objectives were as follows: to identify any of the factors to which pupils might ascribe their successful or unsuccessful academic performances; the extent to which pupils perceive their abilities as being modifiable; and which are the achievement goals that pupils can figure out for themselves. Based on pupils' responses to the questionnaire administered, an external locus of control seems to be accountable for their successful or unsuccessful performances, intelligence is perceived as being less modifiable than that of children with typical development, and achievement goals are oriented to obtaining positive judgments. These results might provide important intervention cues for those who deal with planning and performing educational, academic and rehabilitation activities.

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