ERIC Number: ED434775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-29
Effective Motivation through Meeting Student Needs.
Grenchik, Denise; O'Connor, Elaine; Postelli, Gina
High school students' lack of personal responsibility and academic ownership, negative or indifferent attitude, and lack of initiative and general motivation are often of concern to teachers and parents. This action research project evaluated an intervention to increase high school students' motivation, responsibility, and initiative. Students were enrolled in a freshman English or Spanish class and one art class comprised of students from all grade levels in a parochial high school located near Chicago. The needs of parents, students, and faculty with regard to the educational process were identified by means of surveys; students' needs were identified as being distinct from those of the other two groups. The one-semester intervention used cooperative learning, authentic assessment, journal writing, and portfolio development to meet students' needs for belonging, power, freedom, and fun within the classroom environment. In order to assess the effects of the intervention, the initial survey determining student needs provided baseline data. Observational checklists were completed throughout the study to assess progress in student participation and motivation. Self-assessments and portfolios were also used to assess student responsibility for learning and motivation. The needs survey was re-administered to identify needs not met by the intervention. The findings indicated a positive correlation between the teacher's intervention to meet student needs and the level of student motivation. (Twenty-six appendices include data collection instruments and sample instructional materials. Contains 20 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adolescents, Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Journal Writing, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Student Needs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.