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ERIC Number: ED534566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
How to Motivate Your Students
Girmus, Ronald L.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference (Austin, TX, May 27-30, 2012)
Student motivation is critical for learning. Psychological and neuroscientific evidence demonstrate that motivation and cognition are inextricably linked. In field research, 660 k-12 teachers were surveyed to self-identify the most successful strategies and activities they used to motivate students. A literature review that included 190 education research articles and meta-analytical reviews on student motivation was also conducted. Seven general instructional strategies were co-identified in the field survey work and literature review as strategies that teachers use to generate motivation and engagement of students in academic tasks and learning. These seven motivational strategies include: (1) Extrinsic rewards, (2) Social interactions, (3) Student autonomy and choice, (4) Situational interest, (5) Goal setting, (6) Competition, and (7) Relevancy and meaning-making. This research highlights the importance of student motivation in academic settings and suggests that teachers use motivational practices to improve academic achievement in their classrooms. [This paper was also presented at: (1) The New Mexico State University-Grants Round-Up Conference (Grants, NM, Sep 30-Oct 1, 2011); and (2) The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference (Albuquerque, NM, Feb 23-24, 2012).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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