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Experimental Studies

This is with reference to the concluding part of the survey on experimental economics (EPW, 27 August 2011). I wish to draw attention to the experiments in psychology and education as discussed in my work.

A series of experiments involving secondary and primary schoolteachers and children were conducted during 1965-68. Laboratory training in motivation and integrative classroom behaviour for teachers and a classroom motivation development programme for their pupils was also provided. The initial evaluation showed that the teachinglearning climate in the experimental classrooms as compared to the control ones was much more friendly and supportive. The “experimental” children showed greater tendency to ask questions, and greater “hope of success” and were able to significantly improve their scholastic performance (Need for Achievement Motive in High School Boys, NCERT, 1969). However, a follow-up study two years later showed “a tapering effect…”. It was concluded that, “A training programme is not likely to show sustained results without proper support from the top management and positive structural reinforcement” (Managing Motivation in Education, Ahmedabad: Sahitya Mudranalaya).

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