Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Peter Duffy


The purpose of this action research study was to determine the impact of a Khan Academy growth mindset lesson plan on the motivation of at-risk ninth grade students in a mathematics classroom. Data were collected for quantitative analysis of students’ self- reporting of perceptions pertaining to mindset beliefs before and after a mindset intervention and perceptions about motivation in the mathematics classroom. Analysis revealed there was no relationship between mindset and motivation. A minimal decrease in fixed mathematical mindset was determined after a Khan Academy mindset intervention. Increases were found in students’ beliefs in the importance of math, the usefulness of math, and that they would do well in math. No change was found among students regarding intrinsic motivation. Increases in motivation among students were attributed to classroom discourse and increased attention to a constructivist environment.