Classroom Context Effects on Young Children’s Motivation

  • Deborah J. Stipek
Part of the Plenum Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Learning is an active process requiring conscious and deliberate activity. Even the most able students will not learn if they do not attend to instruction and exert some effort on tasks. Thus, motivation is an important factor in maximizing children’s learning. If all children are to derive the maximum benefits from schooling, educators must provide a learning context in which students are motivated to engage actively and productively in learning activities. This chapter discusses what we know about how different classroom contexts and instructional approaches affect young children’s motivation.


Early Childhood Education Basic Skill Instructional Approach Classroom Context Early Childhood Program 
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  • Deborah J. Stipek
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  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesUSA

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