What Motivates Students to Learn? Exploring the Research on Motivation

Amber Perrell, Julia Erdie, Theresa Kasay


The Deans for Impact Report (2015) posed the question "What motivates students to learn?". This article provides a more thorough exploration of the literature related to the cognitive principles of motivation outlined in this report.  Specifically, the authors examine literature related to the impact of motivation on student learning, including learning interventions and strategies.  This review of literature also adds to The Deans for Impact Report (2015) with research indicating the critical influence of extrinsic motivation on learning.


Student Motivation, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Incentives, Cognitive Science, Metacognition, Memory, Growth Mindset, Social Support Groups, Literature Review

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