Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

George F. Donovan

Second Advisor

John Mulhern


The purpose of this survey was to set up a criteria based on the psychological principles of motivation for the selection and evaluation of motivational devices. The end product of this study was to analyze motivational devices submitted by in-service teachers in the light of the principles found in the literature, and to compile an adequate number of these devices to aid student teachers in the selection and use of them. To accomplish this, the following questions were posed:

Question A: What are some of the psychological principles of motivation identified in the literature that should be known in order to create and use motivational devices effectively?

Question B: What criteria could be devised for the evaluation of motivational devices?

Question C: Do motivational devices created and employed by in-service teachers reflect knowledge of psychological principles of motivation?