7407 Moivation

Discuss some of the psychological factors you would bear in mind if you were attempting to improve your students’ motivation.

There are a number of factors within individual learners that influence their own ability to learn.   Satisfactory learning is unlikely to take place if there is insufficient motivation to learn.

Motivation can be divided into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.   Intrinsic is where it comes from within the individual, and extrinsic which, comes from what the individual has imposed on him/her by the environment.

The presence of motivation is considered by most teachers to be essential to effective communication and learning.   Motivation arouses, sustains, and energises students.   It also helps in the direction of tasks.

Tutors of further education are aware of the relative ease of teaching highly motivated students, and of the frustrations and difficulties arising from lessons with students who, for example see no link between their aspirations and the content of a cirriculum. The former usually exhibits behaviour which is calculated to assist the process of communication, the latter may display a resistance which makes effective communication difficult or impossible.
Teaching in Further Education 3rd Edition L.B. Curzon

In younger children it is extremely important that achievement motivation is used, such motivation can consist of marks or grades, school reports, tests, and, most important teacher approval.   In older students achievement motivation is just as important.

The teacher has the task of creating a learning environment which relates the learners ability to his needs.   The teacher must take into account an individual learner’s motivation and goals, and what the expected outcome of the course is.   However, the teacher should not make goals or aims too hard or too easy to attain.

If too hard to attain then the student can feel de-motivated and then the teacher will have failed.   If too easy to attain then...