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ERIC Number: ED532668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Can Goals Motivate Students?
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy
Center on Education Policy
This is the third in a series of six papers by the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. This paper examines various programs that use test performance or postsecondary attendance as motivational goals and the effects of these goals on students. How do policies surrounding assessments and college readiness affect engagement? How does the future possibility of higher education affect motivation? Before considering those questions, it is useful to review the theory and research behind using goal-setting as a motivator.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation; Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy