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The effects of a positive reward system on student procrastination: Working paper series--02-08

Lucy, Richard and Anderson, Joe S. (2002) The effects of a positive reward system on student procrastination: Working paper series--02-08. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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The findings of this study support previous research indicating that procrastination tends to decrease with academic maturity and that procrastination is a good predictor of performance. However, this study adds to previous research in finding that, a positive reward system requiring minimal recordkeeping, can reduce or eliminate the incidence of fallacious excuses encountered with penalty-based systems. An effective positive reward system should: (1) encourage students to manage their own time by shifting the locus of control from the instructor onto the student, (2) be easy for the instructor to administer, (3) be simple enough for the students to understand, (4) provide rewards with known value that have minimal impact on the distribution of grades or that do not cause "grade inflation", (5) effectively reduce fictitious excuses that require subjective instructor evaluation, and (6) minimize the delay in returning graded work to students, e.g. assignments from all students must be turned in before and graded results can be distributed.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-08
Keywords: Working paper, Student Time Management, Procrastination, Excuses, Positive Rewards
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 22:39
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1629

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