The purpose of this study was to investigate teacher’s perceptions of student motivation, specific to students with disabilities. Ninety-four teachers from one upper Midwestern state completed an online survey containing the Perceptions of Student Motivation questionnaire with additional questions added regarding students lacking skills. Results indicated that general educators, special educators, novice teachers, and veteran teachers all perceived students as lacking skills more often than any other cause listed on the PSM relating to motivation. This indicates that educators need to focus on teaching the lacking skills rather than implementing motivational strategies. There is minimal research stating that students are not unmotivated, but are instead lacking the skills needed, which is being disguised as a lack of motivation.
|Commitee:||Borisinkoff, Evan, Borden-King, Lisa|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Student motivation, Students with disabilities, Teacher perceptions|
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