Keywords

Motivation, Relationships, Achievement, Efficacy

Abstract

The goal of this research was to determine the value and impact of student-teacher interactions in relation to student motivation and achievement. It was further intended that the results of this study would add to the body of knowledge and resources available to enhance the learning experience and influence student success. In order for this to happen, student and teacher perceptions of their interactions were analyzed, as well whether or not this interaction significantly impacted motivation and achievement. The results of this study provided strong arguments in favor of equipping teachers with the appropriate resources and assistance to appropriately meet the needs of their students beyond academic instruction. The slightly negative relationship between motivation and achievement isolated the issue at hand: finding ways to capitalize on these relationships, which will act as catalysts for student achievement The literature review and results of this study found that teacher-student relationships are crucial to student success. Pearson Correlation analysis proved positive correlations between teacher-student interaction and motivation, as well as positive teacher-student interaction and achievement. It however, illustrated a negative relationship between motivation and achievement. Suggested uses for the study included the development of workshops for educators and administrators that may have a positive effect on the proven significance of the teacher-student relationship problem. The results suggest the need for teachers to be provided with appropriate resources and assistance to meet the needs of their students beyond academic instruction. It also suggests providing students and teachers with measurable and attainable goals to create experiences with and exposure to success. Further, there needs to a balance where all students are challenged and where the students who need additional assistance are provided with the appropriate scaffolds.

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Graduation Date

2009

Advisor

McGee, Janet

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Education

Department

Educational Research, Technology and Leadership

Degree Program

Education

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0002884

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0002884

Language

English

Release Date

February 2010

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

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