The Effects of Tangible Rewards System and Verbal Praise on Academic Achievement of Second Grade Students at a Selected Elementary School
Mushayamunda, Maud B.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of tangible rewards and verbal praise on motivational strategies on academic performance in a second grade class. The sample consisted of 18 students comprised of 11 male students and 7 female students. The data were collected using two post-assessment tests. The students were taught half unit of science using tangible reward strategy. At the end of the first unit, the students were tested. The second half of the unit was taught using verbal praise strategy. At the end of the second half unit, the students were tested. The results were compared for differences. The results indicated no significant difference between the two strategies. The results suggest that teaching with rewards should be selected carefully based on knowledge of student preferences.