Sharing Goals, Building Grit: Goal-Setting Theory's Effect on the Academic Resilience of Boys in Algebra II

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

In this action research project, I explored what might transpire if twenty-two boys in a high school Algebra II class were asked to think about and then verbalize their short and long-term goals. By analyzing data collected from a series of questionnaires, I learned that my students thought that it was important to do well in my class and knew what actions they needed to take to improve their performance, but simply had no motivation to enact these solutions. Using the framework of a goal-setting meeting, I endeavored to create the types of relationships with my students that would motivate them to seek more help from myself and each other, complete their homework more regularly, and simply become more academically resilient.