Motivating Learning in Reading and Math Research Paper by Research Group

Motivating Learning in Reading and Math
A detailed exploration of the literature on motivating learning and the construction of a revised independent learning program.
# 26627 | 13,056 words | 18 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This proposed Independent Learning Program (ILP) focuses on using constructivist methods to uncover the inherent motivation to learn of elementary school students. The emphasis is on devising units and lessons plans, which combine reading and math in ways that call forth the students' innate curiosity. The paper explores the literature available on motivating learning, with a focus on new constructivist philosophies and techniques. These are used to construct a revised curriculum plan for a brief unit combining work with both math and reading. From this plan, several sample lesson plans are more fully developed.

Table of Contents:
Problem Statement
Historical Context
Goals and Rationale
Population Addressed
Review of the Literature
Motivating Learning
Constructivism Body
(Revised Curriculum)
Eight-Week Unit of Exploration in Math and Science
People to Study
Sample Lessons Plans

From the Paper:

"Through this assessment process, the teacher may learn that students understand basically how numbers can be used in daily life - as with making change in stores - but do not really understand numbers as abstractions, or make connections with numbers and other aspects of life. They may express their belief that numbers are irrelevant in their concept maps, or that learning arithmetic has no relationship to their interests or their daily lives. This is the starting point for the design of the curriculum."

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