ERIC Number: EJ198827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
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Does Grading Undermine Intrinsic Interest in a College Course?
Sarafino, Edward P.; DiMattia, Patrick A.
Journal of Educational Psychology, v70 n6 p916-21 Dec 1978
Undergraduates completed one of two questionnaires that were identical except for the course grading system, pass-fail vs letter grades. The "overjustification hypothesis," which proposes that grades undermine high intrinsic interest but augment low interest in academic tasks, was partially supported. Questions concerning the classroom application of overjustification suppositions are raised. (Author/RD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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