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By Professor Steven Reiss, Ph.D

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My colleagues and have been trying to construct a reliable method for
assessing the motives of any elementary school student, third grade or
higher. The first two efforts encompassed three years of work and failed.
Two years ago, Keith Dunson, a teacher in Maine, stepped forward to
volunteer his assistance with a third research study. Dr. Carl Weems of
the University of New Orleans and constructed a rating scale. Keith put
in quite a bit work to collect data. His efforts paid off: We have a new
assessment tool coming, one that should make possible a
comprehensive assessment of what motivates a child in school. Soon we
may have powerful new methods for learing what is motivating problem
behavior in school, including underachievement.
Maine's state newspaper reported Keith's story. t is a story of a teacher
who stepped forward out of dedication and idealism: bangordaiIynews

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