Teaching Coach: Dr. Kevin Pugh
Motivation is critical to student success. Thankfully, we can create environments in which positive motivation patterns flourish. Unfortunately, we can also create environments that spawn maladaptive motivation patterns. We all tend to do a bit of both and, thus, we all have room to improve.
Student Motivation: An Introduction
This video introduces and illustrates the performance vs learning orientation pattern. Kevin uses his own experience to illustrate this, so you might get a chuckle out of the lead in.
Four Key Motivation Dimensions
Below is an infographic summarizing four key motivation dimensions - Confident, Autonomous, Learning Oriented, and Interested. Each dimension has a positive and negative side resulting in four positive patterns and four maladaptive patterns. The infographic aligns these dimensions with major theories of motivation and highlights strategies effective at fostering the positive patterns. These strategies are the ticket to fostering positive student motivation. You can select any pattern and I will help you apply the strategies aligned with it.
Introduction to Performance vs Learning Orientation Pattern
Kevin's Top Resources
Anderman, E. M., & Anderman, L. H. (2020). Classroom motivation: Linking research to teacher practice (3rd ed). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003013600
Meyer, D. K., & Emery, A. (Eds.). (2021). Teaching motivation for student engagement. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Wentzel, K. R., & Brophy, J. E. (2014). Motivating students to learn (4th ed.). New York: Routledge.
Meet the Coach
Dr. Kevin Pugh is a professor of educational psychology in the School of Psychological Science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses on learning and motivation. Dr. Pugh specializes in the study of motivation, engagement, and transformative learning. He has published two books for educators:
- Computers, Cockroaches, and Ecosystems: Understanding Learning through Metaphor
- Transformative Science Education: Change How Your Students Experience the World
Reach out to Dr. Pugh via email to ask a question or schedule a consulation.