Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John E. Nangle

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Asher

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The effects of goal and feedback specifically on subsequent task performance were examined to text the hypothesis that specific goals and feedback facilitate performance to a greater degree than general goals and feedback (Ilgen, Fisher, & Taylor, 1979). Ten subjects, in each of the four conditions, were assigned one of two levels of goal specificity and feedback specificity and were then required to perform a simple assembly and sorting task utilizing multiple size and color fasteners. No significance was discovered between correctly assembled and sorted products of the four groups although there was a general trend in the hypothesized direction. Possible explanations for future research are offered.