Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Elementary Education, Elementary Education
The purpose of this action research was to study the effects of goal-setting as a strategy on student motivation and academic achievement in a fourth-grade classroom. The study was performed at a rural public elementary school in South Carolina, consisting of eighteen students in a general education classroom. This study used a preassessment/post-assessment set-up in order to collect data for math achievement and reading comprehension. An attitude survey was used to collect data on student’s motivation towards academic work. The data shows that the goal-setting strategy had a positive effect on math achievement and motivation towards academic work and may have an effect on reading comprehension.
McMillan, Danielle. (2019). "What are the Effects of Goal-Setting on Motivation and Academic Achievement in a Fourth Grade Classroom?". Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/337