Date Approved

5-16-2002

Embargo Period

5-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sernak, Kathy

Subject(s)

Motivation in education; Sixth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to understand how extrinsic/intrinsic motivation will encourage student learning in a sixth grade learning setting. The drawing population was approximately 157 students. The sample of the study consisted of 43 sixth graders. The students were given pre-assessment and post-assessment surveys to answer. The pre-assessment survey was given in October and the post-assessment was given in February. The study consisted of control and experimental groups. Twenty-one students were in the experimental group and twenty-two in the control group. The experimental group received the four-phase study. During the pre-assessment phase, the students' responses in the experimental group fluctuated between 1.1 and 1.85. The students' responses in the control group fluctuated between 1.3 and 1.7, but the majority of the responses were above average intrinsically. The fact that the students were already intrinsically motivated raises question to the validity of the research study.

Share

COinS