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ERIC Number: EJ849034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-5866
Reconceptualizing Student Motivation: Accounting for the Social Context beyond the Classroom
Winn, Sandra; Harley, Dave; Wilcox, Paula; Pemberton, Sarah
LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, v3 n2 p77-94 Mar 2007
This paper problematizes the widespread use of self-determination theory, with its dichotomized conceptualization of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as an adequate means of understanding higher education student motivation. We draw on theories of situated motivation and extend them to encompass areas of students' lives beyond the academic environment, to analyze data from interviews with first year students. Our findings suggest that students' motivation for academic work may be reinforced or obstructed by other motivations in their everyday lives, such as forming friendships and developing as a person. These various motivations are shaped by students' social contexts, including social networks and material factors such as accommodation. Students experienced particular problems with motivation for independent study, which was most often understood as working alone. We reconceptualize student motivation as social and relational and we explore the ramifications of this for learning and teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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