Open Access Thesis
Motivation in education -- Iowa; Achievement motivation in children -- Iowa; Performance in children; Learning, Psychology of; Academic achievement;
In the past two decades, achievement goal theory has been found particularly useful in explaining student motivation (Kaplan & Maehr, 2007; Kaplan, Middleton, Urdan, & Midgley, 2002). The purpose of this study was to analyze differences between the achievement goals espoused by middle school and elementary teachers. A mixed-method approach was utilized that required teachers in an urban, eastern Iowa school district to complete a survey regarding their motivational beliefs. Select teachers were then identified based on survey results to be observed and interviewed in an attempt to further analyze instructional practices as they related to student motivation. Results of this study provide significant findings regarding how elementary and middle school classroom environments and instructional practices differ and are especially relevant considering recent middle school reformation.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Charlotte M. Haselhuhn
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©2010 Michelle Hinzman
Hinzman, Michelle, "Educational applications of achievement goal theory" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 444.