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ERIC Number: ED532669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
5. What Can Schools Do to Motivate Students?
Usher, Alexandra
Center on Education Policy
This is the fifth in a series of six papers from the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. While past papers in this series have examined broad strategies to improve academic motivation that could be implemented across a school, district, or state, this paper focuses specifically on changes within individual schools that hold promise for increasing student engagement. Schools play an important role in student motivation by picking up where parents leave off or stepping in when parents are unable or reluctant to be actively engaged. The organization of the school itself can be important, studies show. The size of the student body, methods of grouping students, school and class schedules, and school climate can all have an effect on engagement. Teachers themselves can affect motivation through their interactions with students, their assignments and tests, and their classroom climate. Aspects of school organization can also affect students' relationships with their peers and with administrators and teachers in ways that encourage or discourage motivation. [For the "4. What Roles Do Parent Involvement, Family Background, and Culture Play in Student Motivation?", see ED532667.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation; Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy