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ERIC Number: EJ811774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8071
Intrinsic Motivation and Rewards: What Sustains Young Children's Engagement with Text?
Marinak, Barbara A.; Gambrell, Linda B.
Literacy Research and Instruction, v47 n1 p9-26 2008
This study investigated the effects of reward proximity and choice of reward on the reading motivation of third-grade students as measured by indicators of task persistence. The major finding from this study was that students who were given a book as a reward and students who received no reward were more motivated to engage in subsequent reading than students who received a token reward. The results of the present study revealed that the proximity of the reward to the desired behavior is a particularly salient factor in enhancing reading motivation. In this study, books were less undermining to intrinsic motivation than token rewards. The major implication is that carefully chosen rewards can foster a culture of reading motivation. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivation to Read Profile