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Lessons in Student Motivation

Author(s): Errol Craig Sull

Journal: InSight : A Journal of Scholarly Teaching
ISSN 1933-4850

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: student motivation | higher education

The tools students have at their ready to do well are really amazing: engaging, thorough, and colorful textbooks; the Internet, of course; faculty who know how to teach and offer a plethora of information; and seemingly endless possibilities for optimal learning environments. Yet with all these improved “mousetraps” there is one factor that, if missing, will keep each of these silent – and the student will learn little or naught: motivation. Indeed, if the student is not motivated to learn, and his or her motivation is not kept up throughout a course, there is little the student will take away from the course.
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