ERIC Number: ED103585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Varying Schedules of Incentive Delivery on Technical Training.
Pritchard, Robert D.; And Others
The research reported here was initiated and designed to assess the impact of various schedules of incentive delivery (schedules of reinforcement) on performance and attitudes in an Air Force-related setting. Civilian subjects matching the characteristics of Air Force trainees were hired to work for four weeks, one week under each of four schedules of reinforcement: salary, fixed ratio, variable ratio, and variable ratio-variable amount. The results indicated that the salary schedule resulted in the lowest performance and attitudes. Performance was best under the variable ratio-variable amount schedule, while attitudes were best under the fixed ratio schedule. It was concluded that instituting a fixed or variable ratio-variable amount schedule of incentive delivery would be a highly cost-effective procedure in computer managed Air Force training. (A bibliography, examples of task materials, tests, and questionnaires are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.; Institute for Organizational Behavior Research, Lafayette, IN.