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What makes children feel good about their work: //experimental investigation.

Author: Bc. Lubomír Janšta
Year: 2019 - summer
Leaders: Mgr. Jindřich Matoušek
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Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 60
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Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/191796/
Abstract: This bachelor thesis analyses how perceived meaning influences child performance, mood
and enjoyment when performing work-related tasks. In laboratory settings, I manipulated the
level of perceived meaning that was given for completion of an easy repetitive assignment by
three different treatments. In the “Recognized” condition, each completed task was awarded
with verbal recognition. The experimenter in the “Ignored” condition did not care about
completed work. In the “Shredded” condition, the finished task was left not only unchecked,
but it was destroyed immediately after submission. I observed a strong positive relationship
between how “nice” experimenter behaved and how many tasks children finished. The same
held for how good children felt. In general, even small acknowledgment mattered more than
the demotivating procedure, but there were some gender-specific differences. Specifically,
recognition played an important role for boys. On the contrary, destroying of completed tasks
had a major negative effect on girls. These aspects significantly impacted both, performance
as well as mood.

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