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ERIC Number: EJ1173667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2014-3621
Incentivizing with Bonus in a College Statistics Course
Ingalls, Victoria
REDIMAT - Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, v7 n1 p93-103 Feb 2018
Many studies have argued the negative effects of external rewards on internal motivation while others assert that external motivation does not necessarily undermine intrinsic motivation. At a private university, students were given the option to earn bonus points for achieving mastery in the online homework systems associated with Statistics and Pre-Calculus courses. The results showed a significant difference in online homework grades and final exam scores, dependent upon when the incentive was given. The findings of this research suggest that college students thrive when incentivized. When compared to the students who were not incentivized, the incentivized group had a statistically significantly higher mean for both online homework scores and final exam scores. Many of the incentivized students chose to take the opportunity to earn the bonus points to increase the final semester grade, which apparently also helped to increase the content knowledge necessary for the final exam.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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