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ERIC Number: ED473051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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An Action Research on the Effects of Extrinsic Rewards on Motivation of Eighth Grade Language Arts Students.
Rejholec, Tod
Data were collected for this action research to determine the value of an extrinsic reward as a self-management tool for motivating eighth grade language arts students. The sample was drawn from students at a school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The school was one of two middle schools in the city. This convenience sample specifically included one eighth grade language arts class of 32 students. A baseline time of three weeks was used to tally the number of times the students brought the Accelerated Reader book to class: a book often forgotten. Following this time, there was a three week time period where rewards were given for bringing the book. A tally mark was given without the students' knowledge for each time a student brought the Accelerated Reader book to class during this time as well. During the reward period, the students were given a tangible gift of "Smarties" candies for bringing the Accelerated Reader book to class. When the data were collected, means were calculated for each week of data collection: a total of six weeks. Additionally, means and percentages were calculated for the first three-week baseline time and the second three-week data collection (the reward period). Data collected helped determine the difference between the two time periods. The data indicated using an extrinsic reward increased students' motivation to bring the Accelerated Reader book to class. The overall increase between the baseline period and the reward period was greater than 15%. Similarly, the mean for the baseline period which tallied the number of students bringing the book to class was 12.0. The mean for the reward period was 16.3. Contains 2 charts of data and 15 references. A tally sheet is appended. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)