Motivation and Learning


Members of the Motivation and Learning SIG are interested in motivation and learning, generally from the perspective of educational psychology. Members of this SIG would argue that research into these two areas has much to offer education in Australia. Why are some students eager to learn and rebound after setbacks while others give up as soon as difficulties arise? Why are some students detached, even alienated, from schools? Can teachers design educational experiences that enhance students’ motivation to learn? What factors impact teachers’ motivation? Current theories of learning also have much to offer teacher practice and wellbeing. What can teachers do to ensure that students learn what they want them to learn? Why do students encounter difficulties in learning? How can students be helped to regulate their own learning? How do individual differences among students affect how they learn? How do developmental changes affect how students learn? How do teachers’ beliefs and practices affect student learning? We welcome AARE members to join our SIG.

Research interests:

  • Motivation
  • Engagement
  • Disengagment
  • Self-beliefs
  • Teacher practices that support motivation
  • Well-being
  • Social support
  • School climate