n Journal of Educational Studies - Stimulating student learning through motivation : reflections from teaching in higher education

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



Keeping students constantly motivated is a challenge that many instructors in higher education (HE) find insurmountable. Stimulating students' interest and motivation is important as it increases the likelihood that they will commit the time and effort necessary to achieve the learning objectives. However, while motivation is a potent factor in student learning, motivating students remains a hurdle that many practitioners in HE face. This conceptual paper explores instructional strategies that lecturers in HE can consider and probably adopt so as to enhance students' motivation to learn. Such strategies range from making teaching/learning relevant to student lives, basing teaching and learning on students' interest and background knowledge, developing skills of self-regulated learning in students, clarifying course goals and assisting students to develop their own study goals.

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