mOtivating students

DEBYII L. SABABU THOMAS, PH.D.

January 27, 2005

Video Segments

  1. What is the purpose of this lecture?
  2. What is motivation?
  3. What factors affect motivation?
  4. What motivates teachers?
  5. What individual differences play a role in motivation?
  6. What motivates college students?
  7. How can teachers motivate their students?

Abstract

To motivate students, teachers must first be motivated.  Then, they must understand what motivates them as well as their students.  Theories by Hull, Maslow, McClelland, and others have shed light on the types of needs that motivate people as well as the factors in a learning environment that affect motivation.  Surveys also reveal what students say motivates them—everything from enthusiastic teachers to reasonable exams.  However, to “turn the lights on” for their students, teachers should not only consult the literature on motivation but re-examine who they are (character), what they teach (content), how they teach (communication), where they teach (climate), and why they teach (concern).

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