A comparative analysis of teacher and student perceptions of sources of motivation and demotivation in college classes

Joan Gorham, Diane M. Millette

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Abstract

This study examined the degree to which teacher perceptions of variables that influence student motivation and demotivation are congruent with student reports of those variables. Findings indicated substantial agreement on the range of overall factors affecting motivation. However, the sharp division between motivation as a personally-owned state and demotivation as a teacher-owned problem reported by students was not apparent across the teachers' perceptions. There were differences among teachers in perceptions of their ability to influence motivation, with those who were more optimistic about motivation in their classrooms perceiving greater influence of teacher behavior on both motivation and demotivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-261
Number of pages17
JournalCommunication Education
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1997

Keywords

  • Course design
  • Demotivation
  • Motivation
  • Student attitudes
  • Teacher behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics

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