ERIC Number: ED344692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Developmental Conceptions of Ability and Praise in Sport.
Hom, Harry L., Jr.; And Others
This study investigated children's reasoning about the relationship between praise and ability in an athletic activity. Three groups of young athletes were studied: boys between the ages of 7 and 11, and girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 18. Children read a scenario in which two athletes achieved the same score in an athletic activity. One of the athletes received praise and the other did not. Children were asked to report on the ability of the athletes. Results indicated that older, but not younger, children believed the praised athlete had less ability than the athlete who was not praised. These results were consistent with the results of previous studies on judgments about the relationship between praise and ability in classroom situations. Results also indicated that older male subjects reported that they would prefer to be the nonpraised athlete, while female subjects preferred to be the praised athlete. Seven references are cited. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Athletic Ability; Praise
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).