2017 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Classroom environment; Academic achievement; Motivation in education;

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore how classroom contexts and instructional methods influence student participation and engagement through the “Role-Goal” model. This model gives students a “role” to take on to meet an end “goal,” or a desired outcome of a given classroom activity. In the case study, students will be given the role of a roller coaster engineer and are tasked to build a paper roller coaster for an amusement park coming to the Cedar Valley area. Students will be interviewed after the unit to determine their engagement and excitement levels. The overall goal of this study is to see how the contextual methods teachers possess in the classroom can have a positive effect on student learning and engagement. Education is crucial for everyone’s future, and finding new ways to engage students is vital.

Start Date

28-3-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

28-3-2017 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Benjamin Forsyth

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

File Format

application/pdf

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Effects of Role-Goal Methods on Student Engagement: A Case Study

The purpose of this study is to explore how classroom contexts and instructional methods influence student participation and engagement through the “Role-Goal” model. This model gives students a “role” to take on to meet an end “goal,” or a desired outcome of a given classroom activity. In the case study, students will be given the role of a roller coaster engineer and are tasked to build a paper roller coaster for an amusement park coming to the Cedar Valley area. Students will be interviewed after the unit to determine their engagement and excitement levels. The overall goal of this study is to see how the contextual methods teachers possess in the classroom can have a positive effect on student learning and engagement. Education is crucial for everyone’s future, and finding new ways to engage students is vital.