Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Kevin Hughes, David Roenker, Joyce Wilder, Carl Martray

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Education Specialist


The purpose of the present study was to replicate a student motivation training program (Hughes, 1990) and extend the investigation by including the relationships between student motivation training and achievement, attendance, and classroom behavior. Participants were all 4th- and 5th -grade students from two elementary schools. A separate -sample, pretest-posttest control group design was used. The study addressed eight questions regarding the effects of student motivation training. Results indicated that student motivation, teacher perceptions of student motivation, and the number of motivational idea units on two of three writing samples were enhanced as a result of the training program. No significant differences were found for math and reading grades, attendance data, number of discipline slips received, and the third writing sample. Implications for further research and interventions are discussed.


Child Psychology | Education | Educational Psychology | Elementary Education | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences