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ERIC Number: ED443559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 80
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Improving Student Motivation through the Use of Engaged Learning, Cooperative Learning and Multiple Intelligences.
Janes, Leslie M.; Koutsopanagos, Caryn Lee; Mason, Diane S.; Villaranda, Iris
Noting that poor student motivation and problematic social skills may interfere with the academic growth of elementary school students, this action research project examined the impact of a multifaceted intervention on student motivation and achievement. Participating in the study were second and third graders from 3 schools. The 12-week intervention was comprised of 3 elements: (1) use of the theory of multiple intelligences in instruction; (2) the incorporation of cooperative learning; and (3) the provision of an engaged learning environment. Students worked in teacher-selected base groups weekly for 15 minutes for data collection and reflection and in randomly-assigned cooperative learning groups at least twice weekly for 30 to 45 minutes. Cooperative learning activities taught appropriate social skills. Multiple intelligence activities and a series of engaged learning activities were incorporated into classroom practices. Data were collected through student surveys and journals completed weekly, teacher observation checklists, attendance records, and unit reading test scores. The findings of the post-intervention data illustrated that implementing the theory of multiple intelligences had a positive effect on the targeted classrooms. There were decreases in missed reading assignments for two sites, and an increase for one site. Students revealed positive attitudes toward themselves and their school. Students' reading scores increased moderately from first to second quarter. Participating teachers concluded that cooperative learning and engaged learning were used together to successfully increase student motivation and achievement. (Eleven appendices include data collection instruments and sample lesson plans. Contains 23 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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