Learning with Motivation

Authored by: Eric M. Anderman , Heather Dawson

Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415804608
eBook ISBN: 9780203839089
Adobe ISBN: 9781136882159


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The study of academic motivation has blossomed during the past 30 years. Although motivation has been recognized as an important construct in both the fields of psychology and education for many years, it has recently become a major focus of research on academic learning. There is a vast array of empirical data and theory that readily inform both learning and instruction. In the present chapter, we examine some of the most prominent current research on academic motivation. In particular, we discuss the major theoretical perspectives, as well as the empirical research that supports these perspectives. We also demonstrate that motivation theory and research can be applied to instructional contexts at all levels (i.e., kindergarten through adult learning) in order to improve student learning.

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