ERIC Number: ED354604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-13
Helping Teachers Motivate Students: Sixteen Case Studies (With Reports on 34 Other Studies in Process).
Matthews, Kenneth M.; And Others
Findings of 50 case studies that were designed to help teachers motivate students are presented in this paper. Each study followed the same process, in which student motivation was assessed by the Student Motivation Diagnostic Questionnaire (Matthews and Brown, 1988), questionnaire results were presented to teachers participating in the case studies, and study administrators worked with the teachers to generate alternative behaviors. Findings indicate that most administrators are able to identify teachers of classes with motivational deficiencies and that administrator support and monitoring has a positive effect on teachers' ability to improve aspects of student motivation. In addition, the administrator position power base can be critical for changing teacher behavior. Finally, improvement in one aspect of motivation may be accompanied by a decline in another aspect of motivation. Although the model appears to be more effective when each teacher has an individual target variable, groups of teachers can share and improve a common target variable if their administrator has a strong position power base. A list of authors is included. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, Staff Development, Student Motivation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (San Diego, CA, February 1992).