Master's Theses

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Thesis - campus only access

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Master of Science (MS)




Ronald G. Smith


This study attempted to determine whether visual information in the form of self-maintained graphs of progress toward student selected target dates for completion would prevent procrastination in a PSI course. All students were allowed to select one of three target dates for desired completion of the course. About half of the students were provided with a graph depicting the rate of performance necessary to complete the course by their selected target date and were expected to maintain a similar graph of the actual progress rate (experimental group). The other group did not receive any such treatment (control group). It was expected that experimental students would be more likely to finish, to finish by their own deadlines, and to progress at a more rapid pace, than control students. There were no significant differences between groups on any of those variables. A final judgment on the efficacy of self-monitoring was suspended until certain uncontrolled factors could be evaluated in later research.


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