Phyllis C. Blumenfeld What Motivates A Student?

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What Motivates a Student? Motivation is the entire constellation of factors, some inside the organism and some outside, that cause an individual to behave in a particular way at a particular. A constant struggle for teachers and college professors is to get their students motivated to learn and for them to receive a high overall average letter grade in the class. In a journal written by Phyllis C. Blumenfeld called “Classroom Learning and Motivation: Clarifying and Expanding Goal Theory” explains how to get students motivated and she creates somewhat of a how to guide for those teachers that want to get their students to engage in the subject. She uses three main elements which are task, evaluation, and authority to get the students to engage …show more content…
A main emphasis on stressing correct answers and grades promotes performance. However, she states, “Moreover, whereas students may perceive grades as controlling, this need not be the case when grades are accompanied by the opportunity for improvement” (274). Grades for most students can be seen as restricting, but if the teacher offers opportunity of improvement it increases the student’s motivation to learn and preform the assignment. For example, if a teacher assigns an essay at the beginning of the year, but has the students turn in a portfolio with the essay revised the student, therefore, has an opportunity to improve which will motivate them to revise and do better on the essay for the portfolio. Evaluating a student based on grades and correct answers restricts the student without the opportunity to …show more content…
Certain activities and task that a student is given is evaluated as either meaningful or a want. If the task is determined as either meaningless or not something that a student wants to complete their motivation to do that task decreases. That is what this journal article helps explain to the audience and contribute to science. Teachers sometimes make up assignments that restrict a student that does not fit their abilities causing their motivation to decrease along with quality of the work, but if the teacher allows to student to choose how they want to complete the task the motivation and quality will increase. Understanding how a student thinks and is motivated is how this article contributes to science and to the audience to better understand how to grasp a student’s attention and motivate them to complete the task at

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