It's all about MeE: A motivation and engagement framework

Year: 2005

Author: Munns, Geoff, Martin, Andrew

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper presents a framework that attempts to reconcile both psychological and sociological understandings surrounding student motivation and engagement. The MeE framework draws on research in the psychology of education undertaken by Martin (2004) and in the sociology of education of the UWS Fair Go Project. In bringing together these two projects, the framework looks to overcome the inherent weaknesses in both psychological (failing to account for the wider dimensions of social power) and sociological (failing to fully understand the complexity of the individual) approaches. The paper will first describe the theoretical underpinnings and principles of the MeE framework. It will then explore its practical possibilities as a heuristic that can provide educators with a tool to analyse schools and classrooms in order to make productive interventions to encourage students to develop powerful and enduring relationships with education.