ChAD 169: Motivating Children and Adolescents in Educational Settings
Research Paper Requirements:
This research paper allows students the opportunity to explore issues/topics regarding
motivation that are especially interesting to them. When preparing their research paper, students
will also face the challenge of documenting the specific ways in which a proposed
successfully or unsuccessfully takes into account the motivational theories
discussed in the course (e.g., issues/topics). This paper is a 10-15 page paper, worth 40 points.
First choose an educational program.
This program may be a placement where a student
works or may be identified based on a search of the research databases.
For example, if
you are interested in reading literacy, you might search the library database for
interventions on this topic.
In your paper, you will have a section which thoroughly
describes your chosen intervention (e.g., age of participants, ethnic composition, structure
of program, techniques, etc.).
2. Next, identify the motivational theory or theories that this program utilizes.
you might discover that the reading literacy program you’ve chosen uses
to encourage youngsters’ skill development.
Your term paper
will include sections which review the literature on motivational theory relating to goal-
setting and reward use.
Next, you will link the program you’ve chosen with the motivational theory or theories
you have identified.
For example, in this section you would discuss specific motivational
strategies used by the literacy program, their effectiveness, and integrate this with
The Parker Literacy Program relies primarily on positive rewards such as toys and
school supplies to motivate children’s progress.
Research on use of tangible rewards
to motivate children’s progress has shown mixed results …
You would then review research on the pros and cons of tangible reward use.
Motivational Theories to Consider or Use in Your Analysis:
1) Effects of reward use or praise
2) Self-efficacy (consequences, teacher self-efficacy)
3) Approaches for involving students in their own learning (self-regulation)
4) Goals and goal-setting effects on motivation
5) Role of emotions and/or affect in motivation
6) Ability grouping or tracking (as linked to motivation)
7) Consequences of achievement anxiety or test anxiety
8) Importance of teacher expectations (for motivation, learning, or performance)
9) The motivational role of students’ causal attributions regarding performance
In addition, your paper must include a consideration of individual differences (i.e.,
gender, developmental, racial differences) in the importance of the issue (and relevant processes)
for the individual learner.