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Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and the "Ziegarnik Effect"

Frank H. Wood
Education and Treatment of Children
Vol. 18, No. 3, Special Issue: Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth (Volume 18) (AUGUST 1995), pp. 216-225
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42899409
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Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and the "Ziegarnik Effect"
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Abstract

The "Ziegarnik effect" is a learner's tendency to recall uncompleted tasks longer than completed ones, to remember failures more easily than successes. For those special educators sensitive to the Ziegarnik effect, who are unable to stop thinking about students with emotional and behavioral disorders who are not benefiting from our programs and teachers who resist innovation, addition of a non-rational, experiential variable (Epstein, 1994) to Bandura's (1986) personal factor provides a theoretical basis for explanation and suggests what will be necessary for more effective intervention. Examples are provided from personal observation and informal interviews.

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