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ERIC Number: ED359247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Classroom Structures and Student Motivation: A Study of the Delta Project.
Mizelle, Nancy B.; And Others
The Delta Project involves an interdisciplinary team of 4 middle school teachers and their approximately 100 students working together throughout grades 6, 7, and 8 for the 1990-91, 1991-92, and 1992-93 school years in Elberton (Georgia). The relationships between the classroom structures used by the Delta Team teachers and the motivation of their students for the first 2 years of the project were studied. The project began when the teachers decided to create a new team organization, curriculum, and instruction. Three perspectives are brought together in this study. University-based researchers present an analysis of longitudinal data on the Delta classrooms. Teachers describe the project and its impact on students, and students relate their experiences. Overall, the Delta Project provides empirical evidence of the positive impact of the following practices on student motivation: (1) opportunities for working in groups that accept diversity; (2) opportunities for personally significant learning experiences; (3) opportunities for self-evaluation; and (4) opportunities to view mistakes as normal parts of the learning process. In general, students' self-esteem and attitudes toward school improved during the 2 years of the study. Students particularly liked staying together for 3 years. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A