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Susan B. Nolen
EDPSY 528
Seattle Campus

Achievement Motivation in Education

Critical review of current research and major theories of achievement motivation in schools and other educational settings. Emphasis on the relationship of theories to the contexts and practice of education. Prerequisite: EDPSY 501 or permission of instructor.

Class description

A sense of the field of achievement motivation as it relates to education, including the content and evidence for major current theories and their implications for teaching and learning.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Group discussion of readings, including the critical analysis of both theoretical and empirical articles. Students write short papers to clarify their thinking about theories, as well as completing a project of their choice on some aspect of motivation in education.

Recommended preparation

Successful completion of EDPSY 501 or equivalent (required); successful completion of EDPSY 591 or other introduction to research course (recommended).

Class assignments and grading

Three short thematic papers (3-4 pages); one term project (see syllabus).

Understanding of theories and their implications; ability to develop and use a theoretical framework to investigate a question of interest on motivation in education.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Spring 1998 syllabus on-line
Last Update by Susan B. Nolen
Date: 12/21/1998