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“How Many More Pages?” One Child’S Reading Experience, Samantha De Rosa May 2017

“How Many More Pages?” One Child’S Reading Experience, Samantha De Rosa

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study explores how different reading practices motivate a child with ADHD. This study took place during a six-week period in an at-home tutoring setting. This work explores the best practices that better support students’ comprehension skills with ADHD.


I Feel Trapped: Motivation, Engagement, And Text Choice With Struggling Readers, Brie Olsen May 2017

I Feel Trapped: Motivation, Engagement, And Text Choice With Struggling Readers, Brie Olsen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this qualitative research study is to explore the role of reading motivation, reading engagement, and text choice when working with a struggling reading in middle school.. By exploring how specific factors influence struggling readers, through this study, teachers will be able to have a better understanding as to the importance that motivation and engagement play in working with struggling readers in middle school.


The Impact Of Past Literacy Experiences On Perception Of Motivation, Nicholas Schaller May 2017

The Impact Of Past Literacy Experiences On Perception Of Motivation, Nicholas Schaller

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research is a qualitative case study that explores the impact of past literacy experiences on motivation in secondary school students. Data were collected over a period of six weeks using observation field notes, a questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and student artifacts. The aim of this study is to assist secondary school teachers in understanding their secondary school students in all content areas.


How Choice Influences Student Engagement And Motivation: A Case Study, Natalie K. Memmel Dec 2016

How Choice Influences Student Engagement And Motivation: A Case Study, Natalie K. Memmel

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This capstone explores how choice influences student motivation and engagement in literacy. With observations, student and parent interviews, literacy based activities, and a student self-reflection. The participant is studied based on his motivation and engagement when choice is provided and when it is not. The parent participant is studied based on her parental involvement and influence on the student participant. The purpose of this study is to gain insight on how to implement choice for this specific student in and outside of the classroom, and how that influences his motivation and engagement in literacy. The study also aims to get ...


Examining Motivation To Behave Professionally In A Positive Behavior Support Model, Warren C. Wood Aug 2016

Examining Motivation To Behave Professionally In A Positive Behavior Support Model, Warren C. Wood

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Much research has been conducted on the impact that student behavior has on school and student outcomes. Loss of instruction, academic failure, and criminal activity have been linked to anti-social behavior in students. Such behaviors were more likely in schools that used a punitive form of behavior management and unclear expectations. Therefore, it is necessary for schools to teach students how to act professionally so that they are prepared for the demands of college and career. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a widely used behavior prevention model that has been shown to be effective in reducing behavior problems in schools ...


The Changing Nature Of Society, Its Effect On (Ela) Education, And The Need For Adaptability, William W. Smarcz Apr 2016

The Changing Nature Of Society, Its Effect On (Ela) Education, And The Need For Adaptability, William W. Smarcz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The rise of student disengagement and overall student apathy towards their education is a serious problem that continues to plague the ELA classroom. When teachers enter their classrooms they are presented with students who lack the drive and desire to continue their education. It is no surprise that these students are more likely to fall behind and make less productive gains than their more motivated peers. By identifying several main culprits behind the rise of student disengagement including family/environmental influences, the growing gender gap, and student perceptions of curriculum; teachers will be able to modify their lesson plans to ...


The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello May 2015

The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Educators often have difficulty motivating upper elementary and adolescent students to write, while still being held accountable for producing high academic achievement to the rigorous standards of today’s society. Educators today are also striving to prepare students for the ever-changing and advancing 21st century world. Although teachers recognize that writing at the fourth grade level has become more rigorous and student motivation towards writing has decreased, they are unaware of the role digital storytelling has on both motivation and writing performance. Using a qualitative research design and case study approach, the current study examined the impact of digital ...


Motivation To Read: A Study Of Three Primary Age Students, Kacie Castle May 2015

Motivation To Read: A Study Of Three Primary Age Students, Kacie Castle

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Reading motivation encourages students to practice reading skills and advance their abilities. The primary years is the start to learning to read and has importance. Using 3 primary age students, a case study was conducted to discover personal reading motivation. Participants completed an attitude survey on reading, answered 10 interview questions about their motivation to read, and participated in several reading activities such as eBooks, hard covered books, short stories, listening to stories, and interacting with print. Results suggested primary age students are motivated by self-selection of literature of interest, guidance from teachers and adults with reading skills, having personal ...


Ways I Can Support And Motivate Students Who Struggle With Writing: A Self-Study, Jessica M. Aldinger Jun 2014

Ways I Can Support And Motivate Students Who Struggle With Writing: A Self-Study, Jessica M. Aldinger

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This self-study is my attempt to determine how I can support and motivate students who struggle with the writing process. I conducted this self-study while substitute teaching in several elementary classrooms in a large urban school district in western New York. During the twenty five day study, I taught the reading and writing lesson plans the classroom teachers left for me, and then at the end of each day, I reflected on my instruction using a series of prompts. The findings indicate that my use of strategies such as modifying the Common Core State Standard modules and domains to include ...


Improving Chemistry Instruction Via The 5-E Learning Model: Inventing, Adapting And Incorporating The First “E", Cecilia M. Christopher Dec 2013

Improving Chemistry Instruction Via The 5-E Learning Model: Inventing, Adapting And Incorporating The First “E", Cecilia M. Christopher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The following is a compilation of engage activities will prove useful to science teachers. Students always ask “can you blow something up?” While a valid plan, there has to be some planning by the teacher. This compilation will provide teachers a resource to engage students through a variety of modes to increase student engagement and learning.

Students in any classroom have an innate ability to “zone out.” With an engage activity at the beginning of a new concept causes students to wonder, ask questions, observe and obtain motivation to learn. The “wow” factor and time to wonder helps engage student ...


Facilitating Motivation:Implementing Problem-Based Learning Into The Science Classroom, Danqing Li Oct 2013

Facilitating Motivation:Implementing Problem-Based Learning Into The Science Classroom, Danqing Li

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Student motivation is an important precursor to learning, and therefore, is an important component in any successful science classroom. Studies have shown that the more students are engaged in the classroom, the better they will succeed. Several decades of research have shown that students’ engagement predicts their learning, grades, achievement, retention, and graduation (National Research Council, 2004).

One of the engagement strategies include components to the Self-Determination Theory. According to the Self-Determination Theory, there are three factors that work together to motivate students: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Autonomy refers to the degree of choice that students have about tasks and ...


The Role Of Technology In A Sixth Grade Classroom, Lauren K. Spiotta May 2013

The Role Of Technology In A Sixth Grade Classroom, Lauren K. Spiotta

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology plays a large part in students’ literacy learning. Technology affects motivation to learn and influences quality of work on a literacy task; in this case, reading and writing. This study examined the relationship between students’ attitudes, participation, and quality of work with regards to technology. Two sixth graders from a public school in Western New York were given a survey, interview about technology, and were observed daily over a six week time period. Writing pieces were collected without using technology and then with using technology as well as an online learning community. All of the data collected were cross ...


Ebook Exploration: How Ebooks Support Emergent Literacy, Amy Flynn May 2013

Ebook Exploration: How Ebooks Support Emergent Literacy, Amy Flynn

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

This research study explores how eBooks support young children’s emergent literacy development. Specifically, it focuses on what kinds and modes are available in eBooks for young children, how eBooks motivate or engage students to read and write and how they support students’ decoding and comprehension skills through a home-based qualitative active inquiry. This study took place during hour long tutoring sessions held twice per week with two elementary aged siblings in an Upstate New York middle class home. The collected data included informal and field notes, student artifacts, comprehension conversations, and student interviews. One student enjoyed reading the ...


Correlations In Students’ Reading Behaviors When The Teacher Consciously Focuses On Relationship Building As A Primary Teaching Tool, Jeremy A. Hulbert Jan 2013

Correlations In Students’ Reading Behaviors When The Teacher Consciously Focuses On Relationship Building As A Primary Teaching Tool, Jeremy A. Hulbert

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

This qualitative study explores the relationship between a teacher and students in an alternative classroom setting and how this relationship affected students reading behaviors. As the researcher, the teacher used multiple forms of data including a survey, teacher observations, students’ reading journals, and individual weekly conferences with students to determine how students viewed their relationship with their teacher and how this relationship affected students reading abilities. The researcher posed an overarching question of: What correlations can be observed in students’ reading behaviors within my alternative classroom when the teacher consciously focuses on relationship building as a primary teaching tool ...


Researching The Influence Of Families Sharing Viewing Experiences On Motivation And Attention In The Classroom, Jill Anne Albertson Nov 2010

Researching The Influence Of Families Sharing Viewing Experiences On Motivation And Attention In The Classroom, Jill Anne Albertson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to observe the students motivation and interest in a subject after sharing multi-media experiences in science with their parents/ guardians. I also compared the parents' and students' perceptions of the experience as it pertained to emotion, comprehension, and relation to past-shared viewing experiences. I would like to see if a shared experience in science literacy reflected in their classroom participation and motivation. The questions I asked in this study were:

1) How do students and their parents perceive the importance of sharing family literacy experiences at home?

2 ) How do family viewing literacy experiences ...


Literature Circles And Their Effects On Student Motivation And Reading Comprehension, Katie Covert Dec 2009

Literature Circles And Their Effects On Student Motivation And Reading Comprehension, Katie Covert

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Literature circles promote social interaction and cooperative learning, help target various learning styles, and promote student inquiry. Reading groups encourage reluctant readers and allow the opportunity for students to read, write, think, and talk about what they are reading. This thesis project examines the effectiveness of using literature circles as an intervention to improve interest and understanding. It evaluates the importance of student motivation and comprehension on reading competencies. The research study was conducted on two six student groups in a fourth grade classroom – a test group and a control group. Students took a pre and post survey about their ...


Students’ Response In Terms Of Motivation And Engagement With The Use Of Informational And Nonfiction Texts, Melissa Sue Hundley Aug 2009

Students’ Response In Terms Of Motivation And Engagement With The Use Of Informational And Nonfiction Texts, Melissa Sue Hundley

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Student motivation and engagement for reading is a vital part of reading instruction, reading progress, and reading success. This thesis project examines the use of informational and nonfiction texts and trade books in Academic Intervention Services (AIS) instruction. It specifically focuses on two questions - How do third-grade students enrolled in AIS services for literacy respond to the use of informational and nonfiction texts and trade books in AIS instruction and how do they self-report on their motivation and engagement for reading and reading instruction when informational or nonfiction texts and trade books are used in AIS instruction? The literature review ...


The Use Of A Visual Instructional Plan To Promote Student Motivation And Achievement Within The Classroom, Todd K. Fleming Aug 2008

The Use Of A Visual Instructional Plan To Promote Student Motivation And Achievement Within The Classroom, Todd K. Fleming

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In response to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, teachers were challenged to develop and execute lessons that incorporated both mathematical concepts and accessible skills for real world application. This legislation, motivated by a desire to increase standards and accountabilities, was the impetus for the adoption of curriculum that requires the memorization of formulas and concepts as well as the ability to reach mathematical conclusions through reasoning and investigation. Many school districts have begun to take a look at the way math instruction is taught in the classroom. Historical perspectives reveal direct teaching methods as the foundation of ...


Homework And Student Motivation, Kara L. Kitchen Aug 2008

Homework And Student Motivation, Kara L. Kitchen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Homework and the motivation of students’ to complete it is a continuing challenge for educators and parents everywhere. Frustration by educator and student alike begs the question, why assign homework? What is its purpose or academic goal? Some experts argue homework is a means to assess students understanding of content, others that it allows students to exercise self-motivation to successfully complete assignments as they review skills and knowledge taught in the classroom. Still others believe homework to be a necessary building block to independent study skills and the work ethic required for future education and vocational arenas. This thesis project ...


Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde Oct 2007

Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project examines education and technology as they intersect in order to increase educators understanding of the use of technology as it bears on motivational factors present in today’s student population. The study explores current research regarding motivation, science education, and the use of technology in the classroom. The researcher taught students to use technology as a tool for their science learning and then used assessment measures to understand whether the use of technology in science education had any effect on their participation and motivation levels in the classroom. As part of the study, technology was utilized to ...


Cooperative Learning And Student Motivation, Patricia Quinn Dec 2006

Cooperative Learning And Student Motivation, Patricia Quinn

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The effects of cooperative learning on student motivation, attendance, and achievement were investigated in a school age GED program' s science lessons. Students took a pre-survey and post-survey to assess the effect of cooperative learning on motivation. Students took a pretest and post-test to assess the effect of cooperative learning on achievement. Student attendance was analyzed before and during the implementation of cooperative learning. Students exhibited more positive motivation and higher achievement after implementation of cooperative learning. It was not possible to determine the effect of cooperative learning on student attendance.


Motivational Strategies And Student Participation, Amanda Richards Aug 2006

Motivational Strategies And Student Participation, Amanda Richards

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The lives of today’s students are filled with video games, tablets, HD television, tweets, Facebook, smart phones, and ever increasing technologies. They have grown accustomed to the immediate feedback that technology provides and struggle to complete academic tasks that require persistence. Capturing and holding the attention of students is a daily goal of many educators yet the shrinking attention span and decrease in motivation in the school setting makes teaching and learning more difficult each year. This study explores strategies to motivate students and increase participation. It postulates that when students are actively engaged in the lesson, academic achievement ...


The Impact Of Student Attitudes About Reading On Reading Progress, Nadine Rose Avallone Jul 2005

The Impact Of Student Attitudes About Reading On Reading Progress, Nadine Rose Avallone

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked to examine the impact of students' attitudes toward reading and their reading progress. The study targeted fourth grade students in an urban elementary school in Western New York. The research examined the impact of students' attitudes toward reading and their ability to read, characteristics of good and struggling readers and the impact of parental involvement on student attitudes toward reading. Data was collected through analysis of surveys, weekly quizzes, homework assignments, and book logs given to students and surveys given to parents. As children grow and develop throughout elementary school, they may encounter some barriers that alter ...


Motivating Urban Middle School Math Students While Considering Their Attitudes And Perceptions, Benjamin F. Harper Iii Dec 2004

Motivating Urban Middle School Math Students While Considering Their Attitudes And Perceptions, Benjamin F. Harper Iii

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This final project reflects the research of an urban middle school mathematics teacher to improve the motivation and performance of his eighth grade students using a variety of proven techniques, including eliciting positive attitudes and perceptions toward mathematics and the educational process. The study of attribution theory and the use of rewards and incentives can be useful when trying to elicit positive attitudes and perceptions from students. Teaching in an urban setting presents many challenges, but it is the challenge that motivates and makes it an exciting place to teach.

The research section is followed by a series of sixteen ...


Self-Identified Motivation For Avid Middle School Readers, Kathleen M. Hundley Apr 2003

Self-Identified Motivation For Avid Middle School Readers, Kathleen M. Hundley

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explored the motivation behind avid middle school readers. The purpose of this study was to investigate and determine the motivation behind avid middle school readers. The research question was: What motivations do avid readers possess?

The subjects of this study were 50 avid middle school readers aged 11-14. They all attended the same public suburban middle school. An anonymous survey was given to the students to complete in the fall of 2002. The resu1ts of this investigation substantiate much of the previous research in the area of what motivation is behind avid middle school readers. In addition, the ...


A Study Of The Commonalities Among Adult Avid Readers, Melissa K. Vimislik Apr 2003

A Study Of The Commonalities Among Adult Avid Readers, Melissa K. Vimislik

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to determine the common characteristics of adult avid readers, find out what through their lifetime has made them avid readers and how they have been influenced. Forty-four adult avid readers completed a researcher-developed survey. The responses from the surveys were reviewed and appropriate qualitative and quantitative analyses were made. The findings from this study indicated that there were common characteristics and influences among the survey respondents. These commonalities included that most respondents read for similar reasons, most became avid readers as young children, most were influenced by parents or other close relatives or teachers, and most ...