Motivation

The Science of Education: Usefulness and Interest in Motivation

The two aspects of academic motivation I am focussing on seem obvious for motivation: usefulness and interest. As obvious as they may appear, they are aspects that don’t usually get the attention (or the kind of attention) they need in education. Usefulness Usefulness has to do with the perception that the learner has that the … Continue reading

Motivation

The Science of Learning: Motivating Students Academically

Work by Jones (2009) brought together the research on academic motivation and found that there are five principles that run throughout the academic motivation literature (remember, this is real research and not just someone's good ideas). They are empowerment, usefulness, belief, interest, and caring. In my own research and experience, I would add one more principle … Continue reading