ERIC Number: ED442785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
The Practices, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Experienced Teachers That Motivate Middle Grades Students.
Corder, Gregory W.
This study investigated practices, attitudes, and behaviors that experienced teachers used to motivate middle school students. Participants were 10 teachers from one Virginia middle school. The teachers' classroom behaviors and teacher-student interactions were observed. Teachers completed interviews that asked about: their definition of motivation; characteristics of motivated and unmotivated students; general practices and behaviors that motivated students, including those used by the interviewee and those observed to be used specifically by other teachers; and observed connections between parent influences and student motivation. Results indicated that establishing a positive teacher-student relationship was a strong motivator. Teacher ability to meet diverse students' needs was a motivating factor. When teachers presented connections between students' lives beyond the classroom and the material presented in school, students were motivated. Extrinsic motivators were only advocated as a means of getting total classroom involvement. Motivation was lowered when parents assumed student academic responsibility and/or placed excessive stress on the student. Motivation was enhanced when parents created an accepting and supportive relationship with their children while placing value on their children's education. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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