Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Amy Adams




The purpose of this action research project was to study the impact of self-set writing goals on student intrinsic motivation and academic outcomes. The study was conducted at a K12 classical charter school in middle school Tier II special education, meaning they spent between 22% and 60% of their school day in special education or related service settings. The project used a variety of data to understand the impact of self-set goals on student intrinsic motivation and academic outcomes with regard to writing. A questionnaire and time-on-task observation data used during the baseline, first, and second writing tasks were used to measure student intrinsic motivation, while a standardized rubric was used to measure student academic writing outcomes. After analyzing the data, student self-set writing goals may have had a positive impact on intrinsic motivation, but had a statistically significant impact on student academic writing outcomes.

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