According to sanacore 2008 intrinsic motivation

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away from the motivation of Becca and obviously effected the work produced by Miles. According to Sanacore (2008), intrinsic motivation provides students with the desire to learn, and the inspiration to achieve academic success. While motivation is clearly a key to student achievement, to address the issue of reluctant learning it is important to investigate possible reasons for such attitudes which could include “low self-esteem, low efficacy, or learned helplessness,” (Sanacore, 2008, p. 40). Similarly, student behaviors may be attributed to social pressures, rebellious responses to familial expectations, and/or a lack of interest for the given assignments in which could hypothetically be the reasoning for Miles’ reluctance to complete work in front of Becca or Chaosity’s shift in attitude toward completing work due to a lack of familial equilibrium. Context Research shows that the environment of the classroom effects the way in which students assign meaning to their surroundings. This suggests that motivation is resultant of the way in which a student classifies a given environment (Ames, 1992, p. 8). While the environment in which this research took place is not a typical classroom, the research suggests that contextual influences of the surrounding still work to influence student motivation. The influence of environment on student motivation is emphasized specifically in the 4 th practicum experience as, “we met in the cafeteria rather than the Media Center due to some logistical complications,” the change in environment from a large spacious, quite space to a crowded and close knit environment depicted a shift in Chaosity’s motivation. As I explicitly started in the observations that, “I plan to separate to a less distracting Influencing Motivation, O’Connell 8
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environment as I saw a change in Chaosity’s change and motivation,” as the noisy and compact space took away from the efficiency of our tutoring session, making concentrating challenging. Conversely, the motivation of a tutee in a after-care program greatly contrasted the motivation and attitude of previous tutees. This change was influenced by the context of the student’s situation as, “I explicitly learned from Jada that she wanted to complete her homework before her mother came to pick her up,” so that she could spend more time with family,” (O’Connell, 2014). The attitude of the students in this program contributed to the overall environment as I noted that, “Within this room, I felt a different attitude toward getting work accomplished as many students were motivated to finish their work,” as contextually the room was full of silent children all diligently completing work, not allowing things such as cell phones to distract them. This goal orientated motivation coincides with research examined by Ames (1993) in which the “functional significance,” that the student assigns to this designated environment affects student behavior. This behavior depends on the assignment meaning that each individual gives to accomplishing a goal, therefore equating to the motivation to complete assignments (p. 268).
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