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Do we need to train teachers how to administer praise? Self-worth theory says we do


Thompson, T, Do we need to train teachers how to administer praise? Self-worth theory says we do, Learning and Instruction, 7, (1) pp. 49-63. ISSN 0959-4752 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0959-4752(96)80730-4


This paper examines recent findings concerned with the self-worth theory of achievement motivation. This theory states that certain students (known as self-worth protective students) perform poorly when a negative outcome is likely to reflect low ability, but perform well in situations in which poor performance can be attributed to a factor which is unrelated to ability. The paper traces the development and maintenance of self-worth protection to attributional messages implicit in several kinds of unproductive evaluative feedback used by teachers. The adverse psychological effects of these attributional messages are compounded by personality variables associated with self-worth protective students. These psychological effects in turn exacerbate the underachievement of these students. Copyright © 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Sensory processes, perception and performance
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Thompson, T (Dr Ted Thompson)
ID Code:11058
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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