Classrooms as Contexts for Motivating Learning

Authored by: Nancy E. Perry , Julianne C. Turner , Debra K. Meyer

Handbook of Educational Psychology

Print publication date:  May  2006
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805849370
eBook ISBN: 9780203874790
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283520

10.4324/9780203874790.ch15

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Abstract

In Motivating Students to Learn, Brophy (2004) writes:

People are born with the potential to develop a great range of motivational dispositions. A few such dispositions appear to be inborn as part of the human condition Most, however, especially higher level dispositions such as motivation to learn, are developed gradually through exposure to learning opportunities and socialization influences.

(p. 17) Our chapter focuses on classrooms as contexts for motivating students’ learning. Specifically, we review research that examines the relationships among features of classroom contexts and students’ motivation for and engagement in learning.

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