The effect of monetary incentive and the timing of such incentive on transfer of learning tasks

Wheeler, Calvin David. (1977) The effect of monetary incentive and the timing of such incentive on transfer of learning tasks. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of monetary incentive, offered at different times, on transfer of learning tasks. A total of 108 grade seven students in three rural Newfoundland Central High Schools were tested on a letter series reasoning test. Each of the three equal groups were sub-divided and given either high or low transfer practice sets. They were then re-examined. The control group was given a test-practice-retest session. The second group differed in that after the practice session they were told that they would receive 10¢ per gain score point. The third group was given this information prior to the practice session. -- The data were statistically analyzed by use of ANCOVE and Scheffe multiple comparisons. The results indicated significantly that the use of monetary incentive increases gain scores and that this is particularly true when the incentive is offered prior to practice. Also significant was the fact that IQ and sex had no great effect on performance. It was also shown that no significant interactive effect existed between the timing of the incentive and type of practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7858
Item ID: 7858
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 40-45.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1977
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Reward (Psychology); Learning, Psychology of;

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