ERIC Number: EJ1052955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
The Use of Motivation Theory in Engineering Education Research: A Systematic Review of Literature
Brown, Philip R.; McCord, Rachel E.; Matusovich, Holly M.; Kajfez, Rachel L.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v40 n2 p186-205 2015
Motivation is frequently studied in the context of engineering education. However, the use of the term motivation can be inconsistent, both in how clearly it is defined and in how it is implemented in research designs and practice. This systematic literature review investigates the use of motivation across recent engineering education publications. Results show that the majority of engineering education publications referencing motivation as a concept do not provide a clear definition for the term, nor do they draw upon the existing body of literature surrounding motivation. Within the publications that do draw upon motivation literature, we found that a small number of frameworks were most prominent. We believe that both of these factors potentially inhibit the understanding of motivation in engineering education. Therefore, we provide a number of suggestions for how researchers and practitioners can work to rectify these trends.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Motivation, Literature Reviews, Expectation, Theories
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