Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System

Discerning What Motivates Responding to General Questions in the Classroom

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
What is the Need/Assessment?: 

Which motivates my student’s more: candy, food, or extra credits?

Describe the necessity for this change: 

Some students are hungry, which can inhibit learning.  Through observation, students are hesitant to answer general discussion questions.

Describe what will be (or was) implemented to affect change: 

Offered extra credits or consumable products.

Interpret, compare and describe the results of the change: 

Beginning of class, I show them motivation items, based on 41 past psychology classes taught at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). These items are: hard candy, different sizes candy bars, bananas, grapefruit, grapes, mandarin oranges, cookies, small/large bag of chips/pretzels, and large Costco/Sam’s Club muffins.

After analyzing the information, what are the next steps?: 

I would keep offering consumables or extra credit, as motivators.


I wanted to see what motivated students to respond to general questions in the 7am Introductory to Psychology class.  Was it consumables or extra credits?

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SUZ2051324's picture
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Thank you Catherine Cochran for teaching a very engaging "Assessment Practioner Training" course, as I have always wanted to do a CATS, but never had the courage or reason too.

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Hi Sue,

Thank you for submitting your CATS!  It was great having you in the Assessment Practitioner course. 

I would love to see if your results change with another class and semester?  

You are such a caring instructor.  I know you bring snacks for your students.  I hope you write more CATS in the future. 


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Hi Catherine Cochran,

Thank you for the compliments.  It would have been interesting to do another semester.  Bittersweet emotions, as I'm leaving Arizona in May.  Riley gets the snacks now; he loves bananas. Wish you and your family the best!