ERIC Number: ED412002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Elementary Students' Motivation.
This action research project evaluated an intervention to motivate elementary students to be more responsible for their learning. Participating was a targeted class of fifth graders in a medium-sized rural community in northern Illinois. The problem of inadequate class participation and percentage of homework completed was documented through surveys given to 28 fifth graders, parents, and 32 teachers; observation checklists; and student records. The intervention consisted of: (1) a teacher-made assignment notebook for student to record homework; and (2) the establishment of student base groups that worked with the teacher to develop and maintain classroom strategies and projects. Instructional activities were developed using a multiple intelligences approach, involving student interaction and social skill development, and involving cooperative learning. A multiple intelligence questionnaire was completed by students the first week of school. Cooperative activities were implemented with "pair share" partners and within base groups. Project Charlie, a self-awareness program, was also implemented. Each student was also assigned a different class job to perform every week. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in the students' prompt homework completion to over 90 percent and an increase in class participation to close to 100 percent in both small and large groups. Results from student surveys indicated that over 75 percent found the homework assignment notebooks helpful and that students enjoyed the activities that encouraged class participation. (Fourteen appendices include data collection instruments and sample classroom materials. Contains 41 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Awareness
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Master's Program.