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A simplified application of motivation and learning theory was developed by Dr. Madeline Hunter at the experimental school at U.C.L.A. in the 1970's. She converted theory into practice by demonstrating ways to manipulate classroom variables to improve student performance. Within this structure, teachers learn to create appropriate levels of concern or tension within the learner, set a feeling tone or climate in the classroom, create interest through lesson design, provide opportunities for success, give immediate feedback or knowledge of results, and relate activities to rewards in order to motivate students. Hunter draws upon the work of a wide variety of theorists. She uses concepts and practices advocated by Rogers, Maslow, Skinner, Thorndike, Bloom and Bruner. This research paper will describe and evaluate ways a Madeline Hunter trained instructor can increase his/her motivational effectiveness.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Len Froyen

Second Advisor

Barry Wilson


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