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Author Chase, Lucile, author

Title Motivation of young children : an experimental study of the influence of certain types of external incentives upon the performance of a task / Lucile Chase
Published Iowa City, Iowa : University of Iowa, 1932
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Description 1 online resource ( 119 pages : illustrations)
Series University of Iowa studies in child welfare
Studies in child welfare.
Contents The importance and significance of motivation -- Previous studies on the influence of incentives -- Statement of the problem, method and subjects of the investigation -- Apparatus, materials, and test procedure used in the study -- Analysis of experimental results -- Summary, results, and conclusions
Summary "At a time when the doctrine of punishment is being seriously questioned, a study of the effectiveness of various types of incentives is especially appropriate. Experimental work in this problem has long been handicapped by the number of variables to be brought under control and by a lack of suitable apparatus for securing quantitative data. Both these situations have been met successfully by Dr. Chase. She has carefully defined and administered the incentives selected and has devised apparatus well adapted to the measurement of their effects on young children. For a sampling of 259 children in the age range of two to eight years it appears that the absence of external incentive is consistently a deterrent to improvement in performance. Even with knowledge of success on the part of the child it is likely that praise or reward in addition will be helpful. Similarly, knowledge of failure is better than ignorance of results, but the addition of reproof or punishment is stimulating, with a slight margin in favor of reproof. In short, the evidence points to a child need not so much for a specific incentive as for some incentive above that of knowledge of results"--Foreword. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)
Notes Also issued in print
Subject Learning, Psychology of.
Motivation (Psychology) in children.
Educational psychology.
Psychology, Educational.
Psychology, Child.
Form Electronic book