Capstone/Dissertation Title

Utilizing student learning strengths to enhance student learning and achievement

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, what is the importance of finding and utilizing students' strengths, especially in the primary grades, for both the students and the teacher? The motivating factor for this capstone was the belief that each child should be able to learn in the way best for him or her, despite the fact that those ways may be different from child to child. This capstone details the ways to go about finding student strengths and help them find their own strengths in the classroom. Key influence for this capstone was Jenifer Fox, M.Ed., author of Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them. Her philosophy is that children should find their own strengths. Unfortunately, students at the primary age level are developmentally unable to find their own strengths, so the teacher must act as a guide on each child's strengths journey. When students' strengths are utilized they are more motivated to put forth their best effort at school.

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