Motivation and Learning Strategies: Relationship between Two Learning Aspects of Prospective Teachers at Higher Education Level

Year: 2018

Author: Rashid, Sehar, Rana, Rizwan Akram

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Motivation is a key factor to enhance learning of the students. It provide internal or external urge to know and understand different things. Learning of students helps them to adopt different learning strategies. Learning strategies facilitate students to become successful. Consequently, motivation helps students to adopt learning strategies to become successful. The study aimed to determine the relationships between these two aspects of learning; motivation and learning strategies of prospective teachers at higher education level.  The population of the study was comprised of all the prospective teachers in a public university. Random sampling technique was applied to select sample of 300 prospective teachers. Motivation Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was adopted to collect data from sample of the study. The first section of MSLQ comprised of motivation scale while section two include scale of learning strategies. Pearson r correlation was applied to analyze data using SPSS. Results revealed that high motivation of prospective teachers show positive significant correlation with all learning strategies excluding ‘help seeking; moderate level and low level of motivation in prospective teachers exhibited positive significant correlation with all learning strategies excluding ‘effort regulation’. Hence it is recommended to for teaches at higher education level to design their teaching in a way that facilitate motivation of prospective teachers so that they may be able to select different effective learning strategies.