Four Characteristics Of Four Theories Of Motivation In Teaching And Learning

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MOTIVATION

Introduction One may wonder why we go to work each day and why children may look forward to going to school and doing particular tasks. Is it because these activities are fun, or the rewards attached to doing particular tasks are good. It is important to understand some factors of motivation and as teachers, be able to motivate students to excel
Objectives
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Define motivation and discuss its importance to teaching and learning
Identify and describe the characteristics of four theories of motivation
Explain and illustrate the implications of these theories for education
Analyze ways in which teachers can encourage achievement motivation
What was it that motivated the Jamaican Athletes at the London Olympics 2012?
Why are we here?
What is it that motivates you?

Defining Motivation
1. Motivation is an internal process that guides, activates and maintains behaviour overtime (Baron, 1998)

2. Motivation explains why people behave the way they do, motivated behaviours are energized, directed and sustained (Santrock, 2001, p.394)

Defining Motivation
3. Motivation is the influence of needs and desires on the intensity and direction of behaviour (Slavin, 2000, p.327)
4. Desire or want that energizes and directs goal-oriented behaviour.
(Motivation is what gets you going, keeps you going and determines where you are trying to go)
Aspects of Motivation
Motives:
Need:
Drives:
Instinct incentive Students who want to

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