Date Approved

8-24-2009

Embargo Period

3-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sudeck, Maria

Subject(s)

Effective teaching; Motivation in education

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

In this action research project, the effects of giving students a choice in their assignments on students' intrinsic motivation were measured. This was done by giving the students an increasing amount of choices for their summative assessment following the end of each of five units studied in World History. Analysis of the data showed that there was some positive correlation between the amount of choices and the likelihood that students completed the assignments. While this correlation was present, it may be possible that other factors influenced this increase in student completion of assignments. These factors include when during the grading period the assignment was given, the number of times assignments of a certain type were given, and the relationship between the teacher and the student.

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