Evidence-Based Foundations for Motivating Students to Learn

Original Lilly Conference, 2016 Plenary Presentation

Marilla Svinicki, Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Sometimes teachers believe that "if only the students were motivated" every problem in education would be solved. It's not quite that dramatic in reality. There is nothing magic about motivation. This session will explain three of the most powerful factors in motivation based on research in psychology: self-efficacy, autonomy, and a mastery orientation toward learning. In the session each person will spend some reflection time identifying activities and components of his or her own course that contribute to each factor. We will then share those ideas with others in the same type of class or with the same type of students so you can adapt them for your classes.

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