The Effect of Group Poster Competition on Student Motivation in a Rural Primary School in Southwest China


Motivation has always played an essential role in determining students’ academic performance. The intent on boosting student motivation has led to different pedagogies. This study focuses on how group poster competition designed for 27 sixth grade students in a rural elementary school in China may affect students’ levels of motivation in English classes. The group poster competition took place for six consecutive weeks from May to June 2023. The students were divided into 9 groups. Each group drew a poster weekly and presented their posters to the class to review the learning points in it. All students rated the presentations based on a rubric. The winning group received creative certificates of merit at the end of the semester. Although their final exam scores in Spring 2023 term did not show great improvements from the last one, a majority of them reported increased interest in learning English and improved classroom learning behavior during its implementation. My observation during the intervention period corroborated their reflections, as they completed homework more often, concentrated in English class more often and got higher scores in mock exams. I would recommend other teachers to incorporate group poster competition as a means of teaching into classes with students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and of different age groups to explore whether it fits in such contexts. Overall, implementing group poster competition may help students show more positive learning behaviors and perform better in tests, but it only shows a correlation and not a causal relationship.

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Jiayi Song, Tiandong County Zuodeng Yao Village Longqiong Primary School, China

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Song J. (2023) The Effect of Group Poster Competition on Student Motivation in a Rural Primary School in Southwest China ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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