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Language arts (Secondary); Motivation in education;


This research project began as a stream of unmotivated students walked through the door of a classroom. The author began to understand that while the current focus in American education is on standards and curriculum issues, the motivation of secondary students is often a lost and unrepresented topic in today's rhetoric. After being in the classroom for over seven years, the author was able to discern five prototypes of students. All five had different motivational styles and worked for different reasons. Using firsthand observations and scouring the current literature, the author was able to come up with some specific and varied ways to help each type of student.

The research also yielded general interventions that could be applied classroom-wide. All findings indicate that students need to feel a connection with the teacher, need to feel safe in the classroom and need to see the value in education. While there are several ways to work with students, the willingness to see motivation as a crucial element of education and a desire to help all students succeed is of the utmost importance in today's classroom.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk


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