Strengths-based learning goals and first graders' perceptions of academic abilities





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The research question addressed is, how does a strength-based focus on first graders' learning goals influence their perceptions of their academic abilities? The motivating factor for this capstone was the idea that people are all wired with specific strengths and that these specific strengths are the areas where the most growth can occur. The author uses related research literature to construct meaning and validity for the study. She collects information from parents and students to set a learning goal for each student in an academic area the student feels they perform well. The author gathers field notes on these students in their goal subject areas and surveys their feelings on their academic abilities. She describes her findings and concludes that: students' self-confidence began and remained strong in their growth area, and increased, in most instances, in the other subject areas.

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