At the nexus of learning and innovation
September 4, 2:00 pm

Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Different perspectives on motivation in classroom learning, a student motivation seminar co-hosted by MOVEicp


Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Join us on September 4th for a seminar on student motivation, co-hosted by the Motivation, Engagement and Individual Choice Pathways (MOVEicp) network.

This seminar will consist of two presentations, followed by a combined discussion. The presenters are:

  • Prof Michael Jacobson, Professorial Research Fellow and Chair of Education
  • Dr Kathryn Bartimote, Honorary Associate in the School of Education and Social Work 

Michael will present recently published work on the how the sequencing of pedagogical instruction, from low to high structure, is particularly effective when teaching challenging and complex concepts with secondary school students. This is particularly interesting work as often instructional approaches are compared against one another, e.g. direct instruction versus inquiry learning, rather than in complementary ways with sequencing taken into consideration. Inferences about how this type of instructional approach may impact students’ motivation are made.

Kathryn will present work in progress in which university student motivation and interest are being explored in relation to unit of study features, gender, and achievement. A factor analysis of 2,480 survey responses from students completing units in a range of disciplines has indicated three reliable scales: individual interest, vocation orientation, and self-efficacy. In preliminary statistical modelling, these three variables are all related. Further, self-efficacy was related to achievement whereas individual interest was only for females, and vocation orientation not at all. Self-efficacy tends to vary with year level, discipline area, class size, individual interest, and vocation orientation. Instructional approaches shown to be effective in positively impacting self-efficacy will be shared from a recently published review article.

  • When: September 4th 2018, 2.00-3.30 (join us for refreshments from 1.45pm)
  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney
  • No registration is needed, just come on the day

Professor Michael Jacobsen is Professor and Chair of Education in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His research has focused on the design of learning technologies to foster deep conceptual understanding, conceptual change, and knowledge transfer in challenging conceptual domains. Most recently, his work has explored learning with immersive virtual worlds and agent-based modeling and visualization tools, as well as cognitive and learning issues related to understanding new scientific perspectives emerging from the study of complex systems.

Dr Kathryn Bartimote is Head, Quality and Analytics within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio, and an honorary associate in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. In her leadership role, she oversees surveys of the student experience and graduate outcomes, curriculum quality evaluation, and enabling learning analytics across the institution. Her current research interests include motivation, self-regulation and metacognition, epistemic beliefs, and research methodology.