Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Bonawitz, Katie


By examining the foundational concepts of learned helplessness, motivation, and a child’s self-perception of control, this thesis examines why students who appear to lack motivation or self-regulation behave in the manner in which they do, both in general education as well as special education. The thesis then examines research pertaining to interventional strategies and their efficacy in addressing students identified as having low motivation. The conclusion summarizes a brief trial of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (Greene, R.W., 2008) interventional model for children struggling with behavioral and academic skills acquisition that was conducted at Saint Paul Central High School in 2016.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis