Author

Andrea Holba

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Wilkins, Elizabeth A.

Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Department

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations

LCSH

Science education||Mathematics education||Girls--Education (Middle school)--Attitudes--Research||Science--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Research||Technology--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Research||Engineering--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Research||Mathematics--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Research

Abstract

This dissertation examines motivation in middle school girls involved in one STEM OST program. Specifically, motivation is examined through four distinct components. These components are attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction. Although these components are unique, they cumulatively create a holistic picture of motivation in program design. The middle school girl participants were observed at program workshops and personal interviews. Exploring program design elements through this lens of motivation was a qualitative effort to both understand how participants respond to design elements, and what might encourage future participation in STEM activities.

Comments

Advisors: Elizabeth Wilkins.||Committee members: Susan Ferguson; Jennifer Schmidt.

Extent

198 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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