Date Approved

6-18-2009

Embargo Period

3-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Active learning; Composition (Language arts)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

This study examines students' writing and how educators can motivate students to write. The problem that this study attempts to examine is the effect that motivation has on student writing. This study used teaching methods that incorporate active learning and guided play into the curriculum. Over the course of a three- week period, a classroom of fourth graders was examined to determine if they could be motivated to write. Surveys, a focus group, in class lessons, and a writing journal were used within this study. At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that playful active learning can be an effective teaching tool for motivating students to write. Implications for teaching and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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