As the inner resource that drives us to pursue activities, to put forth effort, and to avoid failure, motivation is key to overall well-being. Self-efficacy and future goals are important to understanding and reinforcing the motivation to learn, especially for students in classroom settings. Written by a leading expert on motivation, this book situates the topic within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory, and brings it to a wider audience. With chapters on the fundamentals of self-efficacy and future goals, their importance for student learning, and how to develop them in educational settings, this concise volume is designed for any education course that includes student motivation in the curriculum. It will be indispensible for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.
Table of Contents
- Theoretical underpinnings
- Future goals
- Implications for Motivating Others
Barbara Greene is Brian E. and Sandra O'Brien Presidential Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, USA.
"In this highly synthetic book, Barbara A. Greene draws on a wealth of motivation research to weave together conceptual contributions of self-determination and social cognitive theories with self-efficacy and future goals to provide teachers and parents with adaptive strategies to promote learning. Suggestions include providing informational rather than evaluative feedback, establishing autonomous rather than controlling classrooms, and, consistent with current relevance intervention research, stressing links between classroom activity and desirable future outcomes."
---Stuart A. Karabenick, Research Professor, Combined Program in Education & Psychology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA