Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Rachel Brown PhD
Kristina Andren PsyD
Steve Goodman PhD
Praise ratios, motivational consultation, performance feedback, PsyD
Teachers’ ratios of positive-to-negative interactions (praise ratios) have been shown to be responsive to instruction and feedback. Likewise, students have demonstrated improvements on multiple dimensions of academic and behavioral outcome measures as a result of increases in teachers’ use of praise. The present study investigates the impact of motivational consultation combined with performance feedback and instruction on the praise ratios of teachers in a general education setting. This research examines the impact of increased praise ratios on the silent reading comprehension of students as measured by curriculum-based measures. The impact of increased praise ratios on students’ subjective well-being at school is also examined. While teachers’ praise ratios did not reach the goal of 5:1, students’ scores on a measure of subjective well-being were significantly impacted by the gains that the teachers made.
Bickford, Rebekah S., "Promoting Students' Social and Academic Success Through Teacher Praise" (2012). All Theses & Dissertations. 360.