Motivation, Learning, Classroom Processes, Learner, And Learning

1729 WordsApr 26, 20167 Pages
In Educational Psychology we have learned many things ranging from The Learner, Learning, Classroom Processes, Learner diversity and so much more. One of the main topics that caught my attention would be Chapter 10 in our PSY 220 textbook which is called “Motivation and Learning”. This particular subject is important because it is one that all of us, teacher and student alike can relate to. We all have different motivations and learning agendas and this topic really highlights the highly talked about issues in Education and in Educational Psychology. So what is Motivation and why is it so vital to all of us today? Motivation itself can be defined as the “process whereby goal-directed activity is instigated and sustained” (Schunk, Pintrich & Meece, 2008, p. 4). In a more simple terminology, motivation is the focus of initiating and continuing behaviors in an effort to reach goals. Motivation can be a very influential factor in the influence of learning and achievement. Many motivated students tend to: 1) Have positive attitudes toward school and describe it as satisfying, 2) Persist on difficult tasks and cause few management problems and 3) Process information in depth and excel in classroom learning experiences. A vast majority of students who are motivated can succeed further and learn more than students who are less motivated than the others. Motivation in Learning is contextual and can change overtime. Motivation can often be categorized into two broad
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