Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This paper examines if self-assessment increases student academic intrinsic motivation. Self-assessment is a tool for students to gain valuable skills to become more critical of their academic work, decreasing their dependence on the teacher. By decreasing teacher dependence and increasing student responsibility it can be reasoned that their motivation to do well would improve. It is imperative to do what educators can to reduce the level of apathy in our students. Teachers can do this by creating a mastery goal climate in their classrooms, forming meaningful relationships with their students, teaching skills that help with self-assessment, use contrasting cases when showing expectations of an assignment and giving meaningful feedback. This research shows that there is the possibility that secondary student self-assessment does increase secondary student academic intrinsic motivation.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis