Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kimberly Rombach, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kim Wieczorek, Ph.D.


This action research study was created to determine if students’ motivation plays an important role in their academic outcomes in a sixth-grade classroom. Peer tutoring was implemented as an intervention throughout a six-week duration to promote students’ intrinsic motivation and to identify any associated student academic outcomes. Preliminary findings showed that students liked to connect with academic content, and they liked to work with their peers. This presentation will provide information about the positive effects of students having or gaining intrinsic motivation, and it will have recommendations about different classroom tools that can have a positive impact on elementary students’ motivation.

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