Motivation in Education: Theory, Research, and Applications, 4th edition

  • Dale H. Schunk
  • Judith R Meece
  • Paul R. Pintrich

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The academic standard for texts on motivation in educational settings.  Clear and engaging, Motivation in Education: Theory, Research, and Applications, Fourth Edition presents the major motivation theories, principles, and research findings in sufficient detail to help students understand the complexity of motivational processes, and provide it provides extensive examples of the application of motivational concepts and principles in educational settings.


From reviews of Motivation in Education:

“I find it essential that students have access to such strong representations of the basic theories and work in the field of motivation. . . . This book goes a long way toward reinforcing the voices of experts who make data-driven decisions about how to foster motivation. . . . There are no available books [on motivation] as excellently crafted as this one.”               

—Theresa A. Thorkildsen, University of Illinois at Chicago


“This book is certainly the most comprehensive treatment of motivation. There are several others I have perused but they often take a certain approach to motivation whereas this book covers ALL approaches. The authors present a very complete and unbiased treatment of the literature.”   

—Daniel H. Robinson, University of Texas

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Motivation: Introduction and Historical Foundations   

Chapter 2: Expectancy-Value Theory 

Chapter 3: Attribution Theory 

Chapter 4: Social Cognitive Theory 

Chapter 5: Goals and Goal Orientations

Chapter 6: Interest and Affect 

Chapter 7: Intrinsic Motivation

Chapter 8: Teacher and Classroom Influences

Chapter 9: School Influences

Chapter 10: Peer, Family, and Community Influences 

Published by Pearson (February 5th 2020) - Copyright © 2014