ERIC Number: ED445291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Students Speak: "What Motivates Us?" A Report Examining the Factors Motivating West Virginia's High School Students.
Following the 1990 census, which determined that 12.3% of West Virginia's citizens over 25 years old were college graduates while the national average was 23.6 percent, several initiatives were undertaken to raise standards for education. This paper reports on a study designed to elicit the opinions of students, educators, and parents about motivating influences and obstacles affecting high school students' academic success. Students (N=360) from nine high schools in inner city, urban, and rural settings completed a questionnaire and participated in taped interviews. Each school held a Focus Group meeting where students, parents, and teachers discussed the dynamics underlying student motivation. The report, presented in both text and table form and featuring comments from participants, explains the data compiled from the survey. Some significant findings include: (1) students planning to attend college were receiving much better grade than other students; (2) nearly 58% of fathers of college-bound students had college or graduate school, and the pattern was similar for mothers; and (3) only 6% of students who planned on attending college qualified for free or reduced meals compared to 48% of other students. Several shared motivators and obstacles for both the college-bound student and non college-bound are noted. (Contains 2 appendixes.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Alliance, Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia