Student Motivation and Engagement in the Middle School Math Classroom: How Can Teachers Respond?
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Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
This study investigated the factors that contribute to and take away from middle school students’ active and meaningful participation in math class. The study also sought to gather students’ opinions and ideas for how their teachers could better engage and motivate them in the middle school math classroom setting. Using surveys, student interviews, and a teacher focus group, the researcher gathered and coded data via the constant comparative method and identified the major themes of intrinsic motivators, extrinsic motivators, distractions, and impacts of COVID-19 as key factors. The study also generated the concepts of teacher assistance, lesson style and activities, and incentives as students’ suggestions for teacher responses.
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McGlothlin, Sarah Janae, "Student Motivation and Engagement in the Middle School Math Classroom: How Can Teachers Respond?" (2022). Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning. 53.
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