Capstone/Dissertation Title

Increasing student motivation and self-regulated learning in an at-risk math classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This mixed methods study examines the core research question of How can motivation and self-regulated learning be increased in Math Lab, a student driven math classroom for at-risk learners? Through surveys, student goal and self-reflection journals, and course completion data, the process of increasing student motivation and self-regulatory behaviors is explored. The study indicates that self-efficacy is a driving factor and fundamental building block in the process. The main conclusions are that students have strong feelings about their abilities that are deep rooted. Changing self-efficacy beliefs is the first step, but that will not happen overnight. Goal-setting and student journals help students to honestly share their beliefs and find success in their everyday work.

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