Motivating Students to Learn - Revised

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With this course, learn how to motivate your students, build self-efficacy, self-determination, and behavioural theories.




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Being an effective teacher requires a variety of skills but one of the most important is to know how to motivate your students to learn.

The course Motivating Students to Learn will teach you about the different theories on motivation and you will learn how to create a classroom environment that encourages motivation.

The course begins by introducing you to several behavioural theories of education. You will learn how to set goals for your students and how motivation relates to attributions and interests. You will learn about self-efficacy, how it effects student motivation, and how to build self-efficacy in students.

The course will then teach you how to combine elements from the different theories through the TARGET model, and create a positive learning environment that promotes motivation.

This course will be of great interest to all educators and trainers who want to learn more about effective teaching skills and how to apply them in an educational setting.

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After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the theory of Behaviorism and how it relates to motivation.
  • Discuss operant conditioning in terms of motivation.
  • Describe the difference between the type of goals that affect a student’s motivation.
  • Explain how to generate interest in a topic to help students get motivated.
  • Discuss the different attributions about success and failure, and how they affect a student's motivation.
  • Describe the theory of self-efficacy.
  • Identify sources of self-efficacy beliefs in a student, and how to influence them positively.
  • Define and describe self-determination.
  • Define and describe the TARGET model.

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

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Course Reviews

Gabriel B.
2 years ago
Gabriel B.

Very complete and well elaborated

Paola V.
2 years ago
Paola V.


Miguel R.
2 years ago
Miguel R.

Did coourse very difficult, but learned much, thank's ¡¡

Mariaan V.
2 years ago
Mariaan V.

This Course is excellent. I have learned a lot from this course. Alison keep up the excellent work that you are doing. Thank You for this opportunity to study with you.

Danielle T.
2 years ago
Danielle T.

I found this course very insightful,very happy I choose it.

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