This study was designed to investigate the partial assignment completion effect. Seventh-grade students were given a math assignment. After working for 5. min, they were interrupted and their partially completed assignments were collected. About 20. min later, students were given their partially completed assignment and a new, control assignment that contained the same number of equivalent problems that were incomplete on their partially completed assignment. Students were told that they would have to complete an assignment but could choose which assignment they completed. Significantly more students chose their partially completed assignment. Theoretical and applied implications and directions for future research are discussed.
- Discrete task completion hypothesis
- Partial assignment completion effect
- Student choice
- Task interruption
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology