College students' perceptions of praise



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Researchers have argued whether praise is beneficial to students in educational settings. Much of this research has focused on praise in younger populations rather than with college students. Furthermore, it is unknown how college students perceive praise in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of praise possessed by college students as well as the differences in perceptions between male and female college students. Two hundred fifteen undergraduate and graduate students participated in this study. Results indicated that the majority of college students are unbiased in their perceptions of praise, suggesting that college students do not prefer either written or verbal praise, person or process praise, or individual or group praise. Results also indicated that there were no significant differences between male and female college students and their perceptions of praise. Possible explanations to the results are discussed, along with suggestions for future research.