Tim Antonides

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Dennis Vander Plaats

Second Advisor

Rick Eigenbrood


Enabling children to take ownership of their learning is an ever-present challenge to educators. This study examined the effects of a six-month goal-setting strategy used with grade five students in a suburban, Christian middle school. Students were required to set three monthly goals and to describe how successfully these goals had been attained. In addition, the participants were asked to orally share their progress with their peers each month. The effects of this strategy on internal locus of control were monitored using the Nowicki-Strickland Control Scale for Children. Results of the study indicated no statistical correlation between the strategy and test scores. However, the researcher observed a marked improvement in classroom cohesiveness and an enhanced sense of classroom community and empathy.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education