The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
—FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
AS AN EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTOR
and learner, you know first-hand that motivation fuels learning. This chapter summarizes recent perspectives on motivation that focus on beliefs and goals. Productive beliefs fuel a cycle of self-regulation activities that promote expertise. Beliefs guide the selection of learning events, the focus of effort on task-relevant techniques, and the persistence needed to achieve goals. My focus in this chapter is the psychology of motivation as a prerequisite for Chapter 16 that summarizes techniques you can use to foster motivation in your learning environments.
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