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ERIC Number: EJ1131742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-6
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Increase Student Motivation with More Choices
Dennis, Sophie Lampard
New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb 2017
When students are offered choices within assignments it increases buy-in and, therefore, motivation toward the task--and ultimately for the class itself. As a professor in an academic setting in which many millennials seem to be suffering from a persistent lack of motivation, it was a no-brainer for the author to consider creating a way to offer students some degree of choice within her curriculum to support a more positive attitude toward assigned work. As one who teaches primarily first-year-seminar classes at Landmark College where all students have a diagnosed learning disability (LD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or other learning difference, and who are therefore considered at-risk as new college students, "motivation"--especially among the ADHD population--can practically be considered a dirty word. This article discusses how the author redesigned her course and reading assignments in a way that led students to embrace the idea of choice and increased class engagement and assignment completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont
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