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Motivating Students to Learn

4th Edition

By Kathryn R. Wentzel


302 pages

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Written specifically for teachers, Motivating Students to Learn offers a wealth of research-based principles on the subject of student motivation for use by classroom teachers. Now in its fourth edition, this book discusses specific classroom strategies by tying these principles to the realities of contemporary schools, curriculum goals, and classroom dynamics. The authors lay out effective extrinsic and intrinsic strategies to guide teachers in their day-to-day practice, provide guidelines for adapting to group and individual differences, and discuss ways to reach students who have become discouraged or disaffected learners.

This edition features new material on the roles that classroom goal setting, developing students’ interest, and teacher-student and peer relationships play in student motivation. It has been reorganized to address six key questions that combine to explain why students may or may not be motivated to learn. By focusing more closely on the teacher as the motivator, this text presents a wide range of motivational methods to help students see value in the curriculum and lessons taught in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Student Motivation 2. Classroom Goals: What Is It That I Want To Do? 3. Extrinsic Goals and Incentives: What Am I Supposed To Do? 4. Intrinsic Motivation and Values: Is This Important and Enjoyable To Do? 5. Supporting Intrinsic Motivation and Values by Making Learning Attractive 6. Socializing Uninterested or Alienated Students 7. Beliefs About Ability, Causality, and Control: Can I Do It? What Causes Success and Failure? 8. Rebuilding Discouraged Students' Confidence and Willingness to Learn 9. Relationships and Classroom Community: Does Anybody Care? 10. Stimulating Students’ Motivation to Learn 11. Adapting to Differences in Students' Motivational Patterns 12. Looking Back and Ahead: Integrating Motivational Goals into Your Planning and Teaching

About the Author

Kathryn R. Wentzel is Professor of Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, US.

Jere E. Brophy (deceased) was formerly University Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Psychology and formerly Co-Director of the Institute for Research on Teaching at Michigan St. University, US.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General