Date Approved

5-31-2000

Embargo Period

6-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

High school students--Attitudes; Reward (Psychology)

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of extrinsic rewards on the extrinsic and intrinsic motivation levels of high school students. To complete this task, 118 students were chosen to complete a series of surveys which measured perceived levels of academic performance and motivation. This process allowed the students to not only respond in a multiple choice format but also provided the opportunity for written feedback as well. Further information on the topic was gathered from discussion with these students. All of the participants were chosen through random selection using the school roster and they represented the various ages, ethnic groups, and both genders which exist in Delsea Regional High School. Data between the initial survey which was administered before the Student Recognition Program was initiated was compared with information attained from a second survey which was completed after recognition activities were installed. Collected information from the data gathering process was analyzed and the intern concluded that extrinsic rewards do enhance extrinsic motivation. There is also evidence which suggests that intrinsic motivation may be increased as well. In the future, further study on influences on motivation will be required if the program's success is to continue.

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