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Motivation — A Strategy Brief

from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In school settings, motivation should be thought of as the willingness to attempt, engage in, and work hard on academic or learning related tasks. Motivation is one of the strongest determiners of academic success (Crotty, 2013), making it a central component of education. When students are motivated to learn, teachers find that every aspect of the classroom becomes easier and more effective; students are more engaged in their work, behave appropriately, and learn throughout the day. On the other hand, when students are not motivated to learn, teachers must spend an increased amount of time and energy trying to get students engaged before learning can occur. Therefore, one goal of education should be to set up classroom environments where students are motivated to work hard and focus on their studies, instead of working to achieve other competing goals (e.g., getting out of work, talking to friends, etc.).

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