A highly readable summary of recent research, most of it from 2010 and later, on the factors that motivate students to learn. Each section explains recent findings and pairs them with brief, specific case studies that illustrate each principle in action. Teachers who want to really understand the academic research behind student motivation should give this one a look.
This research summary focuses on the link between positive teacher-student relationships and academic success, then narrows the focus even further to look at how student motivation is improved with these relationships, and what specific relationship qualities create the best conditions for student success.
Self-determination is one of the biggest keys to student motivation, and allowing students to learn at their own pace is one of the best ways to tap into that. In this podcast interview, a teacher shares her process for setting up a self-paced classroom.
Kathleen Cushman is an education writer and co-founder of What Kids Can Do, a nonprofit that provides kids with an opportunity to impact their worlds. In this video, she talks about the 8 conditions that make for optimal learning and motivation. As a model, she describes how High Tech High, a network of schools built on project-based learning, sets up learning experiences for their own students.
This quick-reference handout lists six specific situations when students would experience low student motivation, along with the research behind each scenario and specific suggestions for addressing these situations.
This comprehensive learning module focuses on one key component of student motivation: autonomy. The module shows teachers how to increase student autonomy in the classroom and shares the research on why doing so will increase motivation. The module is broken into drop-down sections for easy study.
So many teachers attempt to motivate students with extrinsic rewards and consequences. In this video, Daniel Pink describes the research showing that for complex, creative work, this approach has the opposite effect. This video serves as a good introduction to the collection, because it establishes a broad understanding of what really motivates people, and what doesn't.