Understanding motivation in large groups of engineering and computing students

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A wide variety of theories of learning and teaching recognises motivation as an essential prerequisite for successful learning. The ability to maintain and enhance student motivation is therefore one of the most important skills for HE lecturers, and many publications and training programmes devote considerable space and time to this matter. Applying this theoretical knowledge in practice, however, remains difficult due to the complexity of the concept and the number of different models of motivation available. Furthermore practical aspects, such as large size of many classes make it difficult for lecturers to identify the areas and level of interests of their students.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • engineering and computing students
  • motivation


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