Engaging underachieving middle school students. Muir, M.

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Muir, M. (2001).  What engages underachieving middle school students in learning?  Middle School Journal.  November, 37-42.

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Muir did a micro study of six underachieving students asking them questions about the ways in which they are motivated.  He found that while they were indeed motivated intrinsically describing hands-on, curiosity, pace, and personal goals, the students he interviewed were more motivated by relationship factors such as trust and respect.  Making meaningful relevant connections as well as offering choices that match a student’s learning style was also important to those interviewed.

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