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ERIC Number: EJ813144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
Is Effort Praise Motivational? The Role of Beliefs in the Effort-Ability Relationship
Lam, Shui-fong; Yim, Pui-shan; Ng, Yee-lam
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v33 n4 p694-710 Oct 2008
In two studies, we investigated how beliefs in the effort-ability relationship moderated the effects of effort praise on student motivation. Study 1 showed that the more the participants believed that effort and ability were related positively (the positive rule) versus related negatively (the inverse rule), the more they would have positive self-evaluation and intrinsic motivation after effort praise. Study 2, with participants' beliefs manipulated by a priming procedure, showed that the participants in the positive rule condition had better self-evaluation and more intrinsic motivation after effort praise than their counterparts did in the inverse rule condition. The results of the two studies converged to indicate that the motivational effects of effort praise depend on beliefs in the effort-ability relationship. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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