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ERIC Number: EJ787695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
The Effects of Choice on Intrinsic Motivation and Related Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis of Research Findings
Patall, Erika A.; Cooper, Harris; Robinson, Jorgianne Civey
Psychological Bulletin, v134 n2 p270-300 Mar 2008
A meta-analysis of 41 studies examined the effect of choice on intrinsic motivation and related outcomes in a variety of settings with both child and adult samples. Results indicated that providing choice enhanced intrinsic motivation, effort, task performance, and perceived competence, among other outcomes. Moderator tests revealed the effect of choice on intrinsic motivation was stronger (a) for instructionally irrelevant choices compared to choices made between activities, versions of a task, rewards, and instructionally relevant options, (b) when 2 to 4 successive choices were given, (c) when rewards were not given after the choice manipulation, (d) when participants given choice were compared to the most controlling forms of control groups, (e) for children compared to adults, (f) for designs that yoked choice and control conditions compared to matched designs in which choice was reduced or designs in which nonyoked, nonmatched controls were used, and (g) when the experiment was conducted in a laboratory embedded in a natural setting. Implications for future research and applications to real-world settings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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