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ERIC Number: EJ854219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Interest-Based Motivation
Strop, Jean
Understanding Our Gifted, v17 n3 p3-7 Spr 2005
Student motivation is highly influenced by the general context in which the student lives, ranging from the norms and influences of the culture at large to the experiences within the family. For students who have high interest and passion on a selected task, motivation seems to be a very internal process. Without effort, the student persists in the face of frustration, stays at the task for extended periods of time without tiring, and endures tedious and boring components of the task to achieve the final goal. The thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and behaviors of the student seem to be totally "in sync," as the student intuitively moves toward a desired goal. For some gifted students, this "in sync" internal process is more likely to occur outside of school than in the classroom. Outside of school these students are often involved in areas of intense interest or passion, which they don't often find in their regular school program. On required school tasks that are not necessarily interesting to students, the motivational process is much more difficult. In this article, the author discusses how educators can help students to be motivated to work on projects that are not of their choosing and describes ways to utilize student interests to increase student motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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