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Motivation In Secondary Mathematics: How Lesson Structure Impacts Student Engagement, Vicki Beata Mar 2008

Motivation In Secondary Mathematics: How Lesson Structure Impacts Student Engagement, Vicki Beata

Leah A. Nillas

The purpose of this research is to see how students are engaged emotionally, behaviorally, and cognitively in different types of math lessons. Shernoff, Csikszentmihalyi, Schneider, and Shernoff (2003) found that students had a higher quality of experience (mood, esteem, intensity, and motivation) when they were involved in individual or group work. This study analyzed transcriptions, observations and student work from three pre-calculus lessons, a survey about students’ engagement in different types of lessons and an open-ended survey about the researcher’s teaching style. The results of the study were that students enjoy and are more engaged in lessons that require ...


Multicultural Social Studies Curriculum: A Content Analysis, Bryan Throckmorton, James Carver Mar 2008

Multicultural Social Studies Curriculum: A Content Analysis, Bryan Throckmorton, James Carver

Leah A. Nillas

The increasing diversity of society is affecting schools across the nation, as each student who enters the classroom brings his or her own background and experiences. Given this vast variety of backgrounds, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that teachers are able to employ a curriculum which affirms students’ cultural identities and prepares them to understand and interact with the many cultures within our global community. Social Studies has traditionally been the content area that handles the historical and social issues, which promote students’ sense of cultural identity and social preparation. Yet, with the diversity of our country’s ...


Music To Their Ears: How Playing Music In The Elementary Classroom Affects Behavior And Motivation, Lauren Fischer Mar 2008

Music To Their Ears: How Playing Music In The Elementary Classroom Affects Behavior And Motivation, Lauren Fischer

Leah A. Nillas

The purpose of this study is to find how music affects students’ behavior and motivation in an elementary school classroom. A fourth grade class that regularly uses music served as the study group. Interviews with the teacher were also conducted. It is expected that results will show that music has a positive impact on both behavior and motivation. According to a study done by Robin Lock in 2006, music played in the classroom can stimulate brain function and promote motivation. Also, Chalmers, Olson, and Zurkowski (1999) found that the number of behavior problems in an elementary school cafeteria decreased when ...


Reading Rainbow: Assessing Effectiveness In Literacy Technology, Liz Russ, Erin Meehan Mar 2008

Reading Rainbow: Assessing Effectiveness In Literacy Technology, Liz Russ, Erin Meehan

Leah A. Nillas

“Children’s Television Workshop and the University of Nebraska created a program, ‘Reading Rainbow’ to promote recreational reading in early readers” (Tarnauskas, 1995). Since its creation, this literacy technology has thrilled and delighted first and second grade audiences, but little to no research has been done on the effectiveness of this program. What is the outcome of the Reading Rainbow program on students’ literacy? This research study investigated the effect of the Reading Rainbow program on literacy of 21 diverse first grade students. Data was obtained through qualitative methods including observations and focus group interviews with students, as well as ...


Alternative Assessment: Effects On Students’ Perception And Achievement, Kristen Kopf, Andrew Parker Mar 2008

Alternative Assessment: Effects On Students’ Perception And Achievement, Kristen Kopf, Andrew Parker

Leah A. Nillas

This research investigates the effect of alternative assessment on students’ perception and achievement in six, 9th grade biology classrooms. Students’ perception was determined through the use of a Likert scale questionnaire which compared confidence levels and preference for traditional verses alternative assessment. Achievement was measured according to academic grades from both types of assessment. Our findings indicate a significant student preference for multiple-choice exams as well as greater achievement in traditional assessment methods. The results suggest a further investigation of assessment practices is needed in order to more accurately describe the relationship between assessment strategies, student perception and student achievement.


Breaking Barriers: Elementary Teachers And Technology Integration, Jaimie Clapp, Katie Rojek Mar 2008

Breaking Barriers: Elementary Teachers And Technology Integration, Jaimie Clapp, Katie Rojek

Leah A. Nillas

“The nation has spent over 38 billion dollars to bring technology and internet access to schools” (Benton Foundation qtd. in Franklin, 2007, p. 268). Growing availability of technologies in schools require teachers to be prepared for and accepting of technology integration. This research study investigates current elementary school teachers’ technological knowledge and beliefs to determine barriers inhibiting the most effective use of new resources. Using surveys distributed to two local study sites, participants were asked to reflect upon their competency and attitudes concerning technology. Responses analyzed for common themes and trends revealed that many teachers felt competent in their technological ...