ERIC Number: ED133396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Raising Academic Motivation in Lower Class Adolescents: A Convergence of Two Research Traditions. Discussion Papers 75-70.
Two research traditions in the study of learning and motivation are integrated for the study of adolescent behavior. One is concerned primarily with the normal functioning of adolescent society, the other with the design of reward structures to foster academic achievement. The literature covering the use of material incentives for motivating children and the importance of peer group organization in adolescent culture is surveyed. It is argued that these two considerations are especially relevant to lower-class adolescents, and the likely impact of a reward structure based upon an amalgam of these themes is explored. Specifically, it is suggested here that combining material inducements for achievement with a reward structure organized around peer groups can provide an effective strategy for motivating lower-class adolescents toward academic goals. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.