Volunteerism is positively associated with various benefits to university students. Perhaps for this reason, some educational institutions are paying students to participate in volunteerism. Conversely, the cognitive evaluation theory suggests that monetary rewards may undermine intrinsic motivation and decrease the likelihood of future participation in volunteerism. However, there has been little empirical research done regarding this issue. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of monetary rewards on university students' intrinsic motivation to participate in a volunteerism activity. While the findings indicated a subtle trend supporting the cognitive evaluation theory, an analysis of the data demonstrated no statistical significance, thus suggesting that further research is needed in order to understand the application of the cognitive evaluation theory to volunteerism.
College and Department
Marriott School of Management; Recreation Management
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Walk, Derence W., "Paid Volunteerism: The Effects of Monetary Rewards on University Students' Intrinsic Motivation to Participate in a Volunteerism Activity" (2008). All Theses and Dissertations. 1890.
volunteerism, volunteer, volunteering, monetary rewards, intrinsic motivation, service-learning, cognitive evaluation theory