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ERIC Number: EJ1072114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1539-4352
An Idiographic Investigation of the Effects of Ability--And Effort-Based Praise on Math Performance and Persistence
Weaver, Adam D.; Watson, T. Steuart
Behavior Analyst Today, v5 n4 p381-390 2004
A growing debate exists over the possibility that various types of external rewards may have negative effects on intrinsic motivation. Past research has produced conflicting results. The present study examines past research in light of behavioral principles and utilizes single-subject research methods to examine the potential effects of ability--and effort-based verbal praise statements on mathematics task performance and task persistence. Results of this study do not support the criticism uniformly leveled against external rewards generally or ability-based praise specifically. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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