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LIfBi lectures: Motivation can be learned


As part of the LIfBi lectures series, Dr. Gabriele Steuer, Research Assistant at the University of Augsburg, presented the results of several studies on the topic “effective regulation of motivation”.

Dr. Gabriele Steuer presents findings of several studies on the topic of "effective regulation of motivation“.  

Complex learning tasks, like the preparation for an exam at university, require not only the application of suitable learning strategies, but also a certain amount of motivation to start working on a task and stay engaged with the matter at hand. During everyday learning, however, this motivation is not always a given. Reasons for this might be that the chances for success seem too small (e.g., especially difficult study material) or when the task has a low subjective value (e.g., boring or unimportant study material). In these situations, it is important to regulate ones’ own motivation with the knowledge of one’s own capabilities and needs. To achieve this, different strategies can be applied, for example, with the aim of raising the personal significance of the study material, rewarding oneself, or setting subgoals.

During the lecture, Dr. Gabriele Steuer presented results from studies which have been conducted together with Prof. Dr. Markus Dresel (University of Augsburg as well) and emphasized that not only the quantity of the applied strategies, but also their quality and appropriateness for the situation are of importance for an effective regulation of motivation, the exertion, and, ultimately, the learning achievement. A training study with university students suggests that such an effective regulation of motivation can be trained.