ERIC Number: ED394099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-20
Improving Motivation in Eighth Grade Students.
Miller, Curtis A.
This report describes a program for improving motivation of eighth grade students. Attendance, grades, discipline referrals, and student surveys were used in measuring changes in student attitudes. Problems were documented from data showing grades, attendance, and discipline referrals from the second semester of the 1994-95 school year. A student survey was administered at the beginning of the 1995-96 school year measuring student attitudes toward school, teachers, homework, and grades. Probable cause data showed that these problems relate, in part, to a lack of parental involvement, perhaps due to a shifting away from neighborhood schools. A large number of single family homes and the negative peer pressure sometimes associated with middle school were also factors contributing to a lack of motivation in students. Intrinsic motivation was shown by the research to be the only real long-term solution. This resulted in a three-pronged strategy for improving motivation. Parental contact was increased, the seven intelligences were addressed, and cooperative learning groups were established. These actions were taken toward increasing student self-esteem, success, and therefore, motivation. While interventions seemed to have little effect on the students with grade point averages above 2.0, or "C," at-risk students showed some improvement in all measured areas other than attendance. Contains eight appendices of materials used. (Author/JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Saint Xavier University.