Digital video production: A case study on motivating at-risk middle school math students
Dan A. Beltramo, Walden University, United States
Walden University . Awarded
This case study examined the motivational effects of using video production technologies with at-risk middle school math students in a constructivist learning environment. The needs of at-risk students are not being served by mainstream schooling and digital video production can provide teachers and administrators with an effective alternative for helping these students. The purpose of this study was to determine if using computers and other technologies with non-traditional teaching methods can affect student motivation and self-efficacy, elicit appropriate cognitive strategies, engage students in the learning process, and hence affect student-learning outcomes. The theoretical framework of this study was Bandura's social cognitive theory. Video and computer technologies were used by 28 middle school math students to create video presentations to demonstrate their understanding of pre-algebra concepts and principles. Data was collected on student motivation, academic self-efficacy, and the engagement of cognitive strategies, using experiential materials gathered in the form of semi-structured interviews, teacher and student journals, completed video projects, and the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ). Interviews and journals were analyzed for meaning themes using a matrix and SPSS software was used to analyze questionnaire data. Descriptive statistics were obtained and paired t tests were conducted on pre and post-activity questionnaire results. The findings from this study indicated that participants were motivated by the project, valued career research, and learned the importance of education and role that math plays in people's daily lives. This study can contribute to positive social change through providing teachers and administrators who would like to integrate technology into their curriculum with insight that can be utilized to ensure that student experiences with using video production technologies are engaging, meaningful, and motivating and can contribute to improved student performance.
Beltramo, D.A. Digital video production: A case study on motivating at-risk middle school math students. Ph.D. thesis, Walden University.
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