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Open Access Thesis

Keywords

Motivation in education -- Iowa; Achievement motivation in children -- Iowa; Performance in children; Learning, Psychology of; Academic achievement;

Abstract

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

2010

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Charlotte M. Haselhuhn

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Date Original

2010

Object Description

1 PDF file (xi, 167 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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