Learning with Motivation

Authored by: Hadley J. Solomon , Eric M. Anderman

Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831759
eBook ISBN: 9781315736419
Adobe ISBN: 9781317566939


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The study of academic motivation has blossomed during the past 40 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 learning in achievement contexts. 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 major theoretical perspectives that inform related empirical research. We also demonstrate that motivation theory and research can be applied to instructional contexts at all levels (i.e., preschool through adult learning) in order to improve student learning.

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