Understanding the Nature of Motivation and Motivating Students through Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

  • David┬áKember

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book is based upon three interrelated open naturalistic studies conducted to better characterise the motivational orientation of students in higher education. Open semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with undergraduates, students at community colleges and students in taught postgraduate courses in Hong Kong. The analysis used an exploratory grounded theory approach and resulted in a motivational orientation framework with six continua with positive and negative poles. On enrolment students had positions on the six facets of motivation, which shifted as they progressed through their degree according to their perceptions of the teaching and learning environment. The framework can, therefore, be used to explain both initial decisions to enrol and motivation to continue studying. The interviews included descriptions of teaching approaches and learning activities and their effects on motivation. This made it possible to describe a teaching and learning environment conducive to motivation, with eight supportive conditions. Each facet of the teaching and learning environment is illustrated with quotations from the three groups of students, resulting in a guide to configuring a teaching and learning environment conducive to motivating students. The emerging community-college sector in Hong Kong is used as a case study of the effects on student motivation of the expansion of the higher education sector through private colleges. Cultural issues are discussed, particularly the performance of Asian students relative to those in the West.


Assessment of learning activities Costs and obligations of attending university Cultural issues in Higher Education Hong Kong education Individual goal setting Learning activities Motivation in higher education Motivation to enrol Motivation to study Systemic issues in Higher Education Teaching for understanding building theoretical foundations choice versus coherence conceptual framework motivational orientation framework motive in higher education sense of belonging teacher-student relationships teaching and learning environment university students motivation

Authors and affiliations

  • David┬áKember
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-881-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-883-0
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