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Motivation and Emotion

Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, this entry provides an overview of the interrelationships of motivation(s) and emotion(s) within academic learning contexts. Although this overview is not exhaustive, the frameworks will provide a foundation for understanding interlinks among these constructs.

Goal Striving

As a starting point for understanding connections among students' motivations, emotions, and learning, it may be helpful to think about academic motivation within a larger context of striving toward life goals. Although less scholarly attention has focused upon academic emotions and motivation, many scholars have discussed the role of emotions within the context of general goal striving. Within this overarching context, scholars have described ways in which much of human behavior is based on the attainment of one's goal aspirations and the emotions related to ...

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