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ERIC Number: ED065821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 45
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The Effects of Competitive Contingencies on Social Comparisons, Academic Performance, and Competition.
Mithaug, Dennis E.; Stewart, Jeffery E.
In this research competition is examined conceptually in order to develop a functional definition that will facilitate systematic research on the process. Competitive behavior is defined as behavior that is a positive function of a comparison of the results of one person's behavior with the results of another's behavior. Comparisons, in turn, can be identified operationally when a person looks at the results of his own performance and at the results of another's performance. In the research, the effects of competitive contingencies (rewards for a comparison outcome) on social comparisons, academic performance and competition were investigated. In general, the amount of competitive contingent reward accounted for changes in the three variables. Limitations of this finding were discussed in light of data from one subject whose competitive behavior did not maintain during competitive contingencies. (Author)
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