Arts voices: Middle school students and the relationships of the arts to their motivation and self-efficacy

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Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study explores the question "Does arts education have a relationship to eighth-grade ruralmiddle school students' motivation and self-efficacy?" Student questionnaires, focus-groupinterviews, and follow-up interviews were data collection methods used with 92 eighth-grademiddle school students. Strong emphasis was placed on gathering personal narratives, comments,and opinions directly from the students. Content analysis was used to analyze the studentinterviews. Middle school students felt that there were both positive and negative relationshipsbetween their arts education classes and their motivation and self-efficacy. The students in thisstudy had much to share on the arts courses offered in their school. Personal motivation, belief inself, creative thinking, and peer relationships are only some of the topics addressed in this article.

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The Qualitative Report
Language: English
Date: 2010
Arts Education, Student Motivation, Student Self-Efficacy, Content Analysis , Focus Group Interviews, Open-Ended Questionnaires

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