The Effects of a Performance-Management Procedure on High School Students with Poor Academic Achievement
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Richard W. Malott
Dr. Wayne Fuqua
Dr. Malcolm Robertson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study evaluated the effectiveness of contracting for all classes and the contigent presentation of incentives for school work completed. fifteen high school students who earned a grade point average below 1.5 (on a 4.0 scale) volunteered for the contracting classroom. The subjects were ranked and randomly assigned to the first experimental group, the second experimental group, or the control group. The first experimental group had incentives contingent upon contracts completed, the second experimental group received the incentive noncontigent upon contract completion, and the control group did not attend the contract completion, and the control group did not attend the contracting classroom. After the first 3 weeks, the difference between the first experimental group versus the control group was statistically significant and the two experimental groups switched treatment conditions. After the second 3 weeks, the first experimental group decreased and the second experimental group increased. The difference between the experimental groups versus the control group was not statistically significant.
Harwood, Thomas R., "The Effects of a Performance-Management Procedure on High School Students with Poor Academic Achievement" (1985). Masters Theses. 1384.