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Arden T. Miller, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Missouri State University


Motivation in Education

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Course purpose Introduction to theory and research in educational psychology. Topics include cognitive and social development, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, measurement, and individual differences

Woolfolk, A. (2016) Educational Psychology 13th edition.

Resource requirements
  • High speed internet access
  • Computer system with up to date virus protection.
  • While Macintosh systems are generally adequate, support for these systems is limited and your responsibility.
  • Windows Media Player & Flash Player (free downloads)
  • Microsoft Word and Excel or other software that reads and creates compatible files (freeware available at
Online Videos Online Videos appear in each unit in High Band Media Files and Real Player. Both of these formats will require a high speed connection for viewing. Most connections are too slow to allow comfortable viewing of the higher resolution videos. However, you may download a compressed file for each unit. It can be done at home so they are ready when needed or at a high speed location with downloads to a flash drive.
Course Objectives

1. Learn the concepts and critical thinking skills associated with research and recognize the value of research to educators.

2. Understand the usefulness of behavioral theories in managing behavior and explaining affective and reflexive responses.

3. Conceptualize learning in cognitive terms and explain learning variations using cognitive theory

4. Evaluate assessment instruments and apply testing concepts to the creation and evaluation of classroom tests.

5. Recognize how individual differences associate with intelligence, sex, culture, and other factors exert an influence on how instruction impacts the student.

6. Know the key landmarks that are linked to child and adolescent development, and understand the role of these developments in effective curriculum.

7. Recognize the individual differences and social factors affect moral action and aggressive behavior in students.

8. Learn the various types of incentives that motivate students and recognize how cognitive development, self-regulation, and student experiences shape the student's motive to achieve.

9. Have an accurate understanding of the relationship between self-esteem and behavior, and recognize how emotional development affects adolescent experience.

10. Develop perspectives on an effective classroom culture, and consider perspectives on styles that promote such a culture.