Title

Lack of Motivation in High School Students: REACH Curriculum

Date of Award

Spring 4-16-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul

Keywords

motivation, school engagement, goal regulation, self-control, homework, underachievement

Abstract

The lack of motivation in high schoolers has increased in the last ten years. This literature review will explore the reasons for lack of motivation in high school students, and if school belonging, teacher enthusiasm, parent involvement, and holding students accountable contribute to motivation or if lack of those factors leads to more dropouts. The purpose of this literature review is to show why high school students have a lack of motivation and what can be done. The articles researched were focused on qualitative research. There were six major finds for lack of motivation: fear of failure, incuriosity, lack of ambition, spontaneity, lack of responsibility, combativeness. The simple answer to a complicated situation is to ask what the student needs. It’s true that everyone is unmotivated and at some point, or doesn’t want to do their (home)work. Which is one of the main reasons why the REACH program was founded besides building upon a relationship with students. If students can begin to change their mindset and begin doing the assignment, reading, tests, etc. they may be able to help themselves to become more motivated. There will always be something standing in the way of success and most of the time it is the student who is holding their own self back. Having a sense of belonging, teacher enthusiasm, parent involvement, and holding students accountable are all important to help motivate the student; but it will always be self-motivation that will be the important factor for success of that student.

Keywords: motivation, school engagement, goal regulation, self-control, homework, underachievement, school, high school students, belonging, grade retention, academics, teacher enthusiasm, parent involvement, dropout rate, accountability, REACH program

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