Educational Psychology: Chapter 6 Of Essentials Of Student Motivation
I decided to research student motivation for my topic for this assignment. I am a program director and teacher of polysomnography at a private career college in Michigan. It seems over the last year that my students’ motivation to learn has declined. The excitement and enthusiasm did not exist with my 2015 cohort as compared to my 2014 cohort. Looking at this problem objectively, I compared the grades, assignment completions, discussion board, blog, and journal participation rates of both cohorts. I found that the 2014 cohort had on average higher grades, higher assignment completion rates, and higher participation rates on discussion boards, blogs, and journals. So what could be the cause of the decline?
Two factors I did not consider until was my students’ primary college major choices and the program curriculum change from traditional to student learner instruction. A majority of the health science programs at my institution are limited …show more content…
Chapter 6 of Essentials of Educational Psychology discusses that there are internal and external factors that affect student motivation. Intrinsic (internal) factors include personal beliefs and emotions. Intrinsic motivation entails behaviors that are personally rewarding, for example a student would complete an activity because he finds the activity fun. A student participates in a game because she finds it exciting. Extrinsic (external) motivation are influences outside of the student, examples would be teachers and instructional strategies (Ormrod, 2015). Kindergarten through college, students are given learning objectives, basically by the time the student has completed the course the listed learning goals are to be learned. Motivation is the contributing factor on what assignments, activities, etc. the student will choose and to what extent the student will participate in the course work (Ormrod,