Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Marghee Kennedy


Montessori Elementary Education


This study was conducted to better understand the impact on school progress of building a child's self-efficacy at home. During a parent-teacher conference, the teacher highlighted that my daughter lacks self-confidence in her ability to solve problems independently and avoids challenging tasks, which negatively affects her school progress. My daughter is a second-grader and the only participant in this study. The 5-week intervention focused on building my daughter's self-efficacy at home through reading inspiring books and practicing mindfulness activities. Quantitative data analysis showed a 16% increase in academic growth and a 10% increase in social growth and completed a full set of ten goals almost daily. Qualitative data analysis revealed increased self-confidence, improved problem-solving, and self-regulation. Findings suggest more intervention time to conduct the study with different statements that complement the environment and child's needs and a broader range of participants for more generalizability.

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