ERIC Number: ED030608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
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The Investigation of Motivation Options Open to the Elementary School Teacher. Project SESAME, Technical Document No. 8.
Goodwin, William L.; Sanders, James R.
Six experiments were conducted in the Warrior Run School District, Pa., during the first year of a Title III, ESEA, program designed to (1) investigate motivational techniques to determine which are most effective with elementary school pupils and (2) investigate the differential effects of selected motivational techniques with pupils of different ability and sex. Nearly all district elementary teachers were involved in randomly assigning pupils to treatments, designing independent variable measures, and administering experimental treatments. Experiments used cognitive and attitude tests to measure the effects of (1) pretests and availability of instructional materials (201 first graders, 196 second graders, and 185 third graders); (2) methods of giving homework assignments (486 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders); (3) curiosity arousal and teacher established set (565 first, second, and third graders); (4) pretests and feedback (186 fourth graders); (5) teacher cognizance of collected homework (143 fifth graders); (6) teacher cognizance of noncollected homework (185 sixth graders). Statistically significant effects were observed in experiments 1, 2, and 3; nonsignificant treatment effects also occurred in some, possibly because of failure to control extraneous variables. (One section of the report is devoted to each experiment, each including literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions.) (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Warrior Run School District, Turbotville, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III