ERIC Number: ED333534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring the School Environment To Enhance Student Motivation and Learning. Draft.
Maehr, Martin L.; Midgley, Carol
Changing the school environment to enhance student motivation and achievement is described in this paper, which focuses on broad structural change within the school. Current motivation theory is applied at the school level for lasting school reform. A collaborative project among university researchers, school leaders, and school staff in one elementary and one middle school in a school district with a large at-risk student population is described. The objective was to emphasize task over performance in each school, which involved a qualitative change in the nature of the learning environment. Although school staffs' impatience for immediate action and results created tension between researchers and site staff, project outcomes suggest the feasibility of using a model based on a goal theory framework for organizational change. Crucial factors to increase student motivation include organizational change at the school level and leadership development. Two tables are included. (27 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).