ERIC Number: EJ1080320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Are We Motivating Students with Data?
Farrell, Caitlin C.; Marsh, Julie A.; Bertrand, Melanie
Educational Leadership, v73 n3 p16-21 Nov 2015
Educators and policymakers have expressed considerable enthusiasm for engaging students with data. In this article, the authors consider how teachers commonly examine data with their students, and how these practices are likely to affect student motivation. Combining motivation research with their own study of teachers in six middle schools that were pushing data use, they identified two general approaches to involving students in data analysis. Some teachers encouraged a performance orientation, using data to compare individual students and groups with one another in an effort to foster healthy competition; however, the research suggests that such comparisons can actually be demotivating. A better approach, say the authors, was encouraging a mastery orientation by enabling students to use data to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses and to plan improvement. Schoolwide practices are likely to influence which of these two approaches teachers take.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Data, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Evidence Based Practice, Information Utilization, Educational Practices, Performance Based Assessment, Mastery Learning, Educational Environment, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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