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Ch 2: Theories of Motivation in Education

About This Chapter

In this chapter we'll take at different motivation theories when it comes to education. In the Theories of Motivation in Education chapter, you can review informative text and video lessons to help you grasp different ways educators use to motivate their students.

Theories of Motivation in Education - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors will show you the most prominent theories that make up motivation in education. These lessons will teach you:

  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • The problem with learned helplessness
  • How you can apply Alderfer's ERG theory to motivation in the classroom
  • Understand how goals can affect student motivation and behavior

How It Helps

  • Clear understanding of motivation: These lessons will help you understand the underlying psychology in motivation techniques in the classroom
  • Adjust your motivation strategies: Our lessons will provide you with more potential motivation techniques in your arsenal as an educator you'll be able to hone in on how to motivate students
  • Find ways to motivate apathetic students: With a clearer understanding of the psychology of needs, goals, and self-determination you can better formulate strategies to motivate just about any student

Skills Covered

In this chapter you'll:

  • Understand a foundation definition of motivation
  • Learn how Maslow's hierarchy of needs is essential to motivation
  • Analyze how you can limit learned helplessness in the classroom
  • Understand how Alderfer's ERG theory plays a role in motivation especially in the classroom
  • Analyze how needs can inform you on the proper ways to motivate a student
  • Take a look at the self-determination theory and how it can help you formulate strategies for motivating your students
  • Learn how Albert Bandura's contributions to sociology and vicarious experiences teach us about the role of environment and behavior in what we learn or what skills we acquire
  • Understand how a person's goals serve as a clear indicator of how best to motivate them

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Theories of Motivation in Education
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What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples

1. What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples

Why do we do what we do? Motivation is the term that we use to describe why people move towards certain actions and goals but not others. Learn about the concept of motivation and a few important theories psychologists have developed to try and explain our behavior.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

2. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

Learned Helplessness in Children: Definition

3. Learned Helplessness in Children: Definition

Why do people just give up? Why are some situations deemed hopeless? This lesson will introduce you to the concept of learned helplessness in order to answer the above questions and provide recommendations on dealing with learned helplessness in the classroom.

Alderfer's ERG Theory & Student Motivation

4. Alderfer's ERG Theory & Student Motivation

Keeping students motivated in class is an ongoing issue for many educators. This lesson will explore Aldefer's ERG theory as a tool for understanding motivation in students.

Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

5. Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

Do you act out of a need for achievement, power or affiliation? This lesson describes the acquired needs theory and how one of the three types of needs affect us more than the others.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

6. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

How do you stay motivated? What motivates your peers and coworkers? Are rewards motivating factors or do people have an internal drive to persist until a given activity is completed? This lesson will describe a theory that encompasses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators: the self-determination theory.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

7. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Goal Orientation Theory: How Goals Affect Student Motivation & Behavior

8. Goal Orientation Theory: How Goals Affect Student Motivation & Behavior

What academic goals do you set for yourself? Are you driven by interest in the academic discipline or by extrinsic factors, such as receiving a higher salary because you have a degree? You may be driven by both. This lesson will explore goals and how they affect student motivation and behavior.

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