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ERIC Number: EJ899098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
A Point Contingency for Homework Submission in the Graduate School Classroom
Rehfeldt, Ruth Anne; Walker, Brooke; Garcia, Yors; Lovett, Sadie; Filipiak, Stephen
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v43 n3 p499-502 Fall 2010
Classroom learning opportunities that arrange active engagement in course material and frequent feedback have been shown to enhance students' performance (e.g., Benjamin, 1991; Michael, 1991). Homework assignments are one example of such an opportunity. Recent research on the advantages of homework assignments has raised questions about their practical benefits (see Trautwein & Koller, 2003), largely due to procedural limitations associated with large-group experimental designs. An innovative study by Ryan and Hemmes (2005) was among the first procedurally rigorous studies to evaluate the effects of homework on students' performance in a college course. The authors evaluated the effects of a points versus no points contingency on the submission of homework assignments and quiz performance in an undergraduate psychology course and found that the mean percentage of homework assignments submitted and mean quiz scores were substantially higher in the points condition. The purpose of the present study was to replicate and extend the study reported by Ryan and Hemmes to the graduate school classroom. Results showed that students were more likely to submit homework assignments during points weeks, but quiz scores were relatively unaffected. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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