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Get Into Vocational Education (GIVE): Motivating underperforming students

By Gillian Kidman, Tom Cooper and David Nutchey


This study explores the effects of a vocational education-based program on academic motivation and engagement of primary school aged children. The Get Into Vocational Education (GIVE) program integrated ‘construction’ and the mathematics, English and science lessons of a Year 4 primary classroom. This paper focuses on investigating the components of the GIVE program that led to student changes in mathematical academic motivation and engagement resulting in outstanding gains in NAPLAN Numeracy results. The components proposed to have contributed to effectiveness of the GIVE program are: teacher and trainer expectations, task mastery and classroom relationships. These findings may be useful to researchers and educators who are interested in enhancing students’ mathematical academic motivation

Topics: engagement, mathematics education, motivation, primary school, vocational education
Publisher: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Year: 2012
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