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ERIC Number: ED355564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 197
Abstractor: N/A
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Replacing Academic Apathy with the Joy of Learning through an Intrinsic, Integrated Language Approach for Middle School Students.
Friedman, Madeleine
This practicum was designed to reduce student apathy toward learning through the presentation of workshops and the conducting of collegial networking sessions in an effort to give teachers a broad base of strategies and interdisciplinary approaches that were intrinsically motivating to students. Four training workshops were designed and implemented; 10 collegial networking sessions were planned and conducted; all participating students and teachers were surveyed before and after practicum implementation; data were collected on student behavior, achievement, and teacher strategy use; and three booklets of strategies for participating teachers were developed and distributed. Analysis of student grades, teacher checklists, and student questionnaires indicated that the workshops and strategies did not seem to produce an immediate improvement in students' attitudes toward academic tasks. However, incidents of referrals and suspensions of participating students showed a favorable decline, tentatively suggesting a degree of positive change. Unexpected outcomes of increased collegial cohesion, professional confidence, and the creation of two informal teaching alliances based upon the tenets of this practicum offered a strong base for the long-term implementation of a more intrinsically motivating approach to teaching and learning at this school. (Two figures and eight tables of data are included. Appendixes contain school goals, lesson outline, strategies, checklist, response matrix, student questionnaire, flier, handouts, and closing interview form.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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