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Author:Susan Bobbitt Nolen; Math Forum
Description: In this 1988 article, "Reasons for studying: Motivational orientations and study strategies," Susan Bobbitt Nolen, of the University of Washington, argues that in order to foster meaningful learning and effective study strategies, teachers should reduce the emphasis on competition for grades and teacher recognition and instead encourage learning for its own sake. Although mathematics is not specifically adressed in the article, the findings and suggestions included in this paper have important implications for math learning and instruction. This link is particularly important in that Nolen tackles the issue of finding the underlying cause of student motivation and learning, as opposed to attempting to promote involvement in a particular task or lesson. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

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Math Ed Topics: Psychological Research

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