Student Motivation

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Motivation in Schools The topic I originally planned to look into for my Action Research Paper was the affect of reward systems on a student's academic performance. My idea was that a student's performance could be influenced by the presence of a reward system. I was interested in seeing if certain subject areas were more likely to use such systems than other subject areas. I strived to see if a student's academic performance could mean more than just their exam scores and ability to complete assignments. I wished to see if a reward system could change the way a student was motivated in the classroom; to see if their overall attitude could be changed. I also thought to look into their attendance in classes where motivation was…show more content…
Instead of interviewing 10 teachers, I decided to go right to the students, and I surveyed 30 students in two different classes. I was placed in Uniondale High School for my observations for another graduate course, and I thought I would use my time there to my benefit. Uniondale High School is in Nassau County. The school has about 1400 students in grades 9-12. There are 93 teachers in the school, with 27 other professionals and 24 para-professionals also on staff. The students are 77% African American, 19% Hispanic and 4% White and other. The average class size is 23 students. I decided to ask my cooperating teacher if she would allow the students to take my survey. After looking one over, she gave her approval and I set the stage for the surveys. She allowed me to be involved with them, instead of just observing in the rear of the classroom, so that made it easier for me to ask them to help me with my research. I waited until my second day of observing to distribute the surveys. I chose her two AP Social Studies classes because they had a smaller number of students. I felt that they would have more room to spread out during the surveys, so that no one would know what they were writing down. I also put the surveys on smaller pieces of paper so they could easily fold them up after finishing them. Before handing out the surveys I explained to them what I was
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