ERIC Number: ED050427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Social Rewards in Children's Learning and Performance. Final Report.
Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
The results of a group of studies, the objective of which was to clarify the conditions that account for the effectiveness of verbal approbation, are reported. Among the most significant findings were: (1) that the reinforcement properties of verbal approval are susceptible to distortion, misinterpretation or enhancement and must be applied in a consistent information-giving manner; (2) that high prior frequency of occurrence does not necessarily lead to a lowered effectiveness of verbal approval (i.e. satiation); (3) that the pre-experimental indiscriminative use of social approval can override experimental manipulation; and (4) that disapproval words are quite effective, regardless of prior, pre-experimental use, in the control of children's learning. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.