ERIC Number: ED442574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Motivating Students To Learn through Multiple Intelligences, Cooperative Learning, and Positive Discipline.
Baldes, Deborah; Cahill, Christy; Moretto, Felicia
This action research project implemented and evaluated a program to motivate students to learn through multiple intelligences, cooperative learning, and positive discipline. The targeted population consisted of students in kindergarten, fourth grade, and sixth grade at two grade school and one middle school sites. Evidence of lack of motivation among these students was found in teacher observations; student interaction and communication with peers and teachers; teacher assessment of daily work; observation of student projects during whole class, independent, and cooperative learning sessions; and report cards/midterms and other checklists that indicate academic and work habit performance. During the 16-week intervention, the teachers implemented teaching strategies consistent with cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, and positive discipline to create a child-centered, motivating, positive, safe, and trusting environment. During the intervention, students participated in pre- and post-intervention interviews, weekly student inventories, and anecdotal record keeping. Data indicated that the program reduced inappropriate behaviors and increased student motivation. Teacher/researchers' time correcting misbehavior was reduced, leaving more time available for academic instruction and resulting in student academic and personal growth. Twenty-two appendices include student interview forms, lesson plans, and instructional materials. (Contains 33 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and Skylight Professional Development Field-Based Masters Program.