Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




Each day the learning disabled child confronts much repetition, drill, confusion, failure and an extended learning time. Continually facing these factors .can be difficult, boring and demeaning. Because it is boring and difficult for the learning disabled child to overcome his problems, motivation and interest become increasingly important factors in his ability to succeed academically. This is particularly true for those who have lost· self-confidence and a desire to learn; those who are no longer self-motivated or sufficiently motivated by the teacher. Consequently, teachers are continually searching for alternative techniques to stimulate the extremely low-motivated L.D. child.

Is there a technique that will affect motivation as well as the performance of the extremely low-motivated learning disabled child? There are well-known and popular techniques that can be utilized, but aside from these, the evaluative system called precision teaching is an exciting possibility that has not been highly publicized nor accepted for all its benefits.

Many teachers seem unaware of precision teaching as a valuable alternative to use with their students, especially those lacking motivation. They are also unaware that it may indirectly affect motivation and performance. Likewise, teachers are surprised that precision teaching has a systematic charting procedure, a proficient means to e valuate performance and is a "hands-on" approach for students to witness their progress. Furthermore, since precision teaching offers many benefits as an evaluative tool and may affect motivation, it could be a valuable asset to both the regular education teacher and the special education teacher. Taking into consideration the many benefits of its procedures and the needs of the low-motivated L.D. child, this investigator felt it would be beneficial to study the effects of precision teaching on low-motivated learning disabled students.