ERIC Number: ED039621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Individual and Group Goal Setting Conferences as a Motivational Device To Improve Student Conduct and Increase Student Self-Direction: A Preliminary Study.
Sorenson, Juanita S.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to describe the implementation of a system of individually guided motivation utilizing individual and goal setting conferences. Before students were assigned to groups, they completed a self assessment form on which they rated themselves on 20 behaviors. Teachers from each Unit, using a Consensus method, also evaluated each student on the same set of behaviors. Within each Unit students were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: no conferences, individual conferences, small group conferences, or medium group conferences. Teachers encouraged students to define the meaning of behaviors and to pick a behavior or a group of behaviors on which to improve. The child would then set goals for himself. The experimental period lasted 8 weeks. At the end of the period, another assessment form identical to the initial one was completed by the student and the teachers. Overall behavior rating results indicated that there was a tendency for the students to show greater gains in pre-post ratings than students in the control groups. Students receiving individual conferences gained more than students in small or medium groups. In general, the teacher ratings seemed to change more from pre- to Post-assessment than did student ratings. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.