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.
"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
Edited by Patricia A. Alexander and written by well-known experts, each Ed Psych Insights volume centers on a key construct that is already part of Education discourse, such as motivation, self-regulation, student assessment, strategic processing, and emotions. Written in language common to all scholars of Education and readable by the intelligent public, these books translate the sometimes esoteric nature of the field into an accessible, primer-like format.