Author(s)

Kaitlyn Howarth

Date Approved

6-30-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.T. Teaching

Department

Teacher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Motivation in education

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

Intrinsic motivation is one of the key factors in student's academic performance in the classroom. Thus, my research question becomes "how do intrinsic motivational strategies impact student's engagement in learning?" Researchers believe there are three common factors that are thought to promote intrinsic motivation: teacher enthusiasm, student choice and cooperative learning. These factors are three techniques believed to help foster intrinsic motivation in students and were implemented in the classroom. After five weeks of implementation, research found that students were making positive changes in the classroom by reading for pleasure, challenging themselves more, and participating more in class. More importantly, through the use of surveys, students saw a positive change in themselves. Through the research conducted, it is evident that the use of these learning strategies did impact students' engagement in learning.

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