ERIC Number: ED392549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-20
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Student Motivation through Project-Based Learning.
Bartscher, Kathy; And Others
This report describes a program for increasing student motivation as demonstrated by a higher percentage of completed homework and maximum voluntary class participation. The targeted population consisted of third, sixth, and tenth grade students from low to middle income families located in northern Illinois. The problem of low motivation was documented by student surveys, teacher journal entries, and homework checklists. Possible causes may be the limited educational background of parents, differing cultural values, and lack of parental support and involvement. A literature review suggested that low motivation in the schools may be due to students' psychological needs not being met. Suggested solution strategies emphasized cooperative work involving personal choice as a motivational tool. Intervention methods included projects organized by cooperative groups based on students' various multiple intelligences. Speakers and field trips were used to relate curriculum to real-life situations. Student motivation increased as projected: overall homework completion increased and the majority of students responded favorably to project-based learning supplemented with speakers and field trips. Modifications in the tenth grade need to be considered since the results were not as effective in increasing motivation at this level. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/BGC)
Descriptors: Assignments, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Intervention, Multiple Intelligences, Parent Role, Parents, School Community Relationship, School Demography, Statistical Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Glasser (William); Rockford School District 205 IL
Note: Master's Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.