ERIC Number: ED390972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Nurturing Urban Adolescents' Motivation To Learn: A Teacher's Strategies and His Students' Perceptions.
Kinney, David A.; And Others
Despite the critical failure of many urban schools to educate poor children and children of color, there are examples of schools and teachers who help students meet challenging academic standards in a supportive, culturally responsive, and empowering context. This paper represents one such success story of a teacher's efforts to nurture his students' motivation to learn, to build on their strengths, and to create a strong sense of future among them. Student and teacher interviews and frequent observations resulted in the identification of several strategies the teacher consistently used to tap into his students' natural motivation, to foster resilience, and to translate their strengths into marketable skills. The paper also highlights students' perceptions and interpretations of their classroom experiences to delineate those instructional activities that motivate and inspire them. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Resilience (Personality)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Washington, DC, August 1995).