ERIC Number: ED460854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Improving High School Students' Mathematics Achievement through the Use of Motivational Strategies.
Portal, Jamie; Sampson, Lisa
This report describes a program for motivating students in mathematics in order to improve achievement at the high school level. The targeted population consisted of high school students in a middle class community located in a suburb of a large metropolitan area. The problems of underachievement were documented through data collected from surveys and teacher observations and grades based on test scores, homework and projects. Analysis of the probable causes literature revealed that students lose interest in mathematics. Evidence of the existence of the problem was determined through analysis of surveys, behavioral observations made by the teacher and through student grades. The literature of solution strategies was reviewed and the problem setting was analyzed. This resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: a modification of the curriculum to include application and real-life math problems, and a restructuring of the teachers daily lesson plans to implement a variety of teaching strategies. Post data was gathered to determine whether the intervention improved student motivation. It was discovered that the implemented strategies improved positive behaviors in the classroom. Slight improvements were also observed in student attitudes towards mathematics. Appendixes include Math Interest Survey, Math Anxiety Checklist, Sample Lesson Plans; and Sample Projects (adapted from "Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications" by Gary Robert Muschola and Judith A. Muschola). Contains 34 references, 64 figures, and 24 tables.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, St. Xavier University and Skylight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.