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Students' Academic Motivations in Allied Health Classes
SoTL Commons Conference
  • Trent Maurer, Georgia Southern University
  • Deborah Allen, Georgia Southern University
  • Delena Gatch, Georgia Southern University
  • Padmini Shankar, Georgia Southern University
  • Diana Sturges, Georgia Southern University
Proposal Abstract
This session will describe a two-semester research project investigating students' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for taking large, introductory anatomy and physiology classes. These classes enroll students from many different majors, each of which requires the course for different reasons. This provides an excellent opportunity to study differential student motivation and the impact of those differences on student academic behaviors and performance. Session objectives include discussing the results of this project and its implications for faculty in understanding student motivations as contributing factors to student success. The audience will be invited to build upon the findings reported and brainstorm additional ways to increase student motivation and further avenues for research in this area. Attendees can expect to learn about the Student Learning Theory of Motivation, ways to operationalize the Academic Motivation Scale, and the relationship between students' motivations and academic behaviors and performance.
Room 2905
Symposium Year
Publication Type and Release Option
Presentation (Open Access)
Citation Information
Trent Maurer, Deborah Allen, Delena Gatch, Padmini Shankar, et al.. "Students' Academic Motivations in Allied Health Classes" (2011)
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