Motivating Students to Learn
Routledge – 2010 – 344 pages
Written specifically for teachers, this book offers a wealth of research-based principles for motivating students to learn. Its focus on motivational principles rather than motivation theorists or theories leads naturally into discussion of specific classroom strategies. Throughout the book these principles and strategies are tied to the realities of contemporary schools (e.g., curriculum goals) and classrooms (e.g., student differences, classroom dynamics). The author employs an eclectic approach to motivation that shows how to effectively integrate the use of extrinsic and intrinsic strategies. Guidelines are provided for adapting motivational principles to group and individual differences and for doing "repair work" with students who have become discouraged or disaffected learners.
1. Student Motivation: The Teacher’s Perspective
2. Establishing a Learning Community in Your Classroom
3. Supporting Students’ Confidence as Learners
4. Goal Theory
5. Rebuilding Discouraged Students’ Confidence and Willingness to Learn
6. Providing Extrinsic Incentives
7. Self-Determination Theory of Intrinsic Motivation: Meeting Students’ Needs for Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness
8. Other Ways to Support Students’ Intrinsic Motivation
9. Stimulating Students’ Motivation to Learn
10. Socializing Uninterested or Alienated Students
11. Adapting to Differences in Students’ Motivational Patterns
12. Looking Back and Ahead: Integrating Motivational Goals Into Your Planning and Teaching
Jere Brophy (deceased) was University Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University.