Motivation in Education: Theory, Research, and Applications, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Dale H. Schunk, Paul R. Pintrich, Judith R Meece

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 29, 2007

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The primary objectives of Motivation in Education: Theory, Research, and Application, third edition, are:

  • to present major motivational theories, principles, and research findings in sufficient detail to help students understand the complexity of motivational processes and to
  • provide examples of motivational concepts and principles applied to educational settings


Although different perspectives on motivation are presented, the text emphasizes the role of personal cognitions and beliefs during teaching and learning.  This focus is consistent with the view that learners are active, constructive participants in the learning process; consequently, the text highlights how motivation is situated, facilitated, and constrained by various classroom and contextual factors.


Following an introductory chapter that defines and exemplifies motivation and discusses motivation research, how motivation relates to learning, and historical views of motivation, the next six chapters discuss theoretical and conceptual perspectives that stress the role of personal cognitions, beliefs, affects and values in motivation: expectancy-value theory, attribution theory, social cognitive theory, goal theory, interest and affect, and intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The remaining three chapters focus on various contextual factors in promoting motivation: sociocultural influences, teacher influences, and classroom and school influences. By blending theory, research, and applications throughout, the text provides instructors and students with a unified view of the role of motivation in education.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1        Motivation: Introduction and Historical Foundations

Chapter 2        Expectancy-Value Theories of Motivation

Chapter 3        Attribution Theory

Chapter 4        Social Cognitive Theory

Chapter 5        Goals and Goal Orientations

Chapter 6        Interest and Affect

Chapter 7        Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Chapter 8        Sociocultural Influences

Chapter 9        Teacher Influences

Chapter 10      Classroom and School Influences




Name Index

Subject Index


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