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ERIC Number: ED496125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 83
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
Learning Objectives: Posting & Communicating Daily Learning Objectives to Increase Student Achievement and Motivation
Althoff, Sarah E.; Linde, Kristen J.; Mason, John D.; Nagel, Ninja M.; O'Reilly, Katie A.
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This research project was conducted at a high school in a suburban metropolitan area in the Midwest from August 21, 2006 through October 26, 2006. The purpose of the research was to improve student achievement and motivation through the posting and communicating of daily learning objectives. The research participants included 150 students and five teachers. The students were members of the five researchers' high school classrooms including social science, English, and world language. Targeted students at the high school site exhibited difficulty with understanding their teachers' expectations. Miscommunication interfered with students' overall academic growth. Evidence for the existence of the problem included a document analysis of anecdotal records, observations, and student and parent interaction. The interventions chosen for this project included three different types of surveys distributed during this research. A student survey was given to students during the first week of Quarter One to determine prior levels of motivation. Additionally, a teacher survey was distributed to 36 different teachers not affiliated with the study or its outcome to determine if teachers are posting and communicating daily learning objectives. Finally, a parent survey was sent home during the first week of Quarter One to determine the amount of parent-student communication and parental involvement. Another tool that was used during this study included a Bi-Monthly Student Comprehension Checklist to determine the level of comprehension after daily learning objectives were posted. Lastly, the researchers documented and kept confidential records of class achievement averages of major assessments throughout each unit. These assessments were specifically created to address the learning objectives posted during that unit while implementation occurred. Posting learning objectives not only benefits teachers, but also parents and students. Teachers will be able to plan assessment that reflects exactly what they will teach and what they expect students to learn (Arter, Chappuis, & Stiggins, 2003). When students realize that they are acquiring intentional daily skills, it allows students to see the importance and relevance of education in their lives. Finally, by understanding and knowing the learning objectives, parents understand what grades mean in terms of what their children have or have not learned (Arter, Chappuis, & Stiggins, 2003). After posting and communicating daily learning objectives, the results displayed an increased student achievement and motivation. In conclusion, the findings of this research indicated the specific interventions did work, and the increase in communication of goals and expectations improved student academic achievement and motivation. Appended are: (1) Student Survey; (2) Teacher Survey; (3) Parent Survey; (4) Student Comprehension Checklist; and (5) Class Achievement Records (Contains 6 tables and 20 figures.) [Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A