ERIC Number: ED423122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Improving Primary Student Motivation and Achievement in Mathematics.
Adami-Bunyard, Eppy; Gummow, Mary; Milazzo-Licklider, Nicole
This report describes a program for increasing student readiness for and achievement in mathematics. The targeted population consists of third grade students in an expanding suburban community and kindergarten students in a culturally diverse urban community, both located in Northern Illinois. The problems of achievement in and attitudes towards mathematics is documented through published and teacher-made assessments and checklists focusing on motivational behavior. Analysis of probable cause indicates that student confidence, past success rate, and ability are deficient and impact student motivation. The professional literature reveals that teachers have not successfully matched math objectives with effective strategies to promote relevant learning and student-valued activities. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, has resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: (1) establishing goal setting with students; and (2) implementing a cross-age mentoring program to reinforce mathematical concepts and skills. Post intervention data indicated an increase in academic achievement in mathematics, an improvement in positive behaviors during math instruction, and a reduction in the number of off-task behaviors during math instruction. (Contains 27 references and 12 appendices.) (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.