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Motivating Students

Introduction

Understanding methods for motivating students can greatly enhance students' response to a course and performance in it. This section contains links to research findings on student motivation and techniques for motivating students.

 

General Resources

"Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning," Marilla D. Svinicki, University of Texas-Austin. (IDEA Paper #41, February 2005). PDF/Adobe Acrobat
This paper discusses current theory and research into student motivation and describes instructional methods that either facilitate or impede learning. Offers suggestions for improving student motivation.

"Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn," from Speaking of Teaching, the Stanford University Newsletter on Teaching, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 1998. PDF/Adobe Acrobat."Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning," Marilla D. Svinicki, University of Texas-Austin. (IDEA Paper #41, February 2005). PDF/Adobe Acrobat
This paper discusses current theory and research into student motivation and describes instructional methods that either facilitate or impede learning. Offers suggestions for improving student motivation.
http://www.theideacenter.org/sites/default/files/Idea_Paper_41.pdf

Research into student motivation and strategies for "incorporating methods of motivation into courses."
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/cgi-bin/docs/newsletter/motivation_to_learn.pdf

Motivating Students' Best Work (University of California, Berkeley).
Ways to identify the knowledge and skills students bring to class and methods for helping them succeed.
http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/sectionlists/sect20.html

Motivating Your Students (Princeton University, The McGraw Center for Enhancing Teaching and Learning).
Part One: Methods for motivating students because they value what they are learning.
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/sat-tipsheets/motivating-1/Motivating-Your-Students-Part-1.pdf
Part Two: Methods for motivating students because they believe they can learn new material and succeed in the course.
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/sat-tipsheets/motivating-2/

"Motivating Students," Barbara Gross Davis (University of California, Berkeley). From Tools for Teaching, Jossey-Bass, 1993.
Strategies to enhance students' self-motivation plus instructional behaviors and course structures that motivate students to become engaged learners. 

 

"Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips," Eric H. Hobson, Georgia Southern University (IDEA Paper #40, July 2004). PDF/Adobe Acrobat.
Ways to motivate students to do the course reading and methods to assist them in learning from it. 
http://www.theideacenter.org/sites/default/files/Idea_Paper_40.pdf

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