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A Fresh Look at Student Motivation
October 14, 2016

In the recently-released IDEA Paper #59 – Motivation: An Updated Analysis, author Marilla D. Svinicki takes a fresh look at one of the topics of greatest interest to faculty—motivating students.

The paper describes some of the most prominent and practically relevant contemporary theories of motivation, specifically expectancy value theory, goal orientation theory, and self-determination theory and includes suggestions about how to incorporate key concepts into teaching practices appropriate for postsecondary education. Suggestions for practice are linked to learning objectives and teaching methods that are part of the IDEA Student Ratings System (SRI), where appropriate.

We thank Dr. Svinicki for her work on this valuable update and invite our readers to take a closer look. In her words, “If we learn to use these ideas about motivation, they can be strong tools to employ in the interest of increasing student learning.”

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