Affective components of learning in pre-adolescents, adolescents and college students

Reaserch Team:

Francisco Peixoto (Project Leader)
Vera Monteiro
Lourdes Mata
Neuza Pedro
Andreia Almeida


Project's Summary:

By integrating constructivist views with self theories and other works focusing on motivation in school contexts, recent researches have created conditions for a clearer understanding of what it means to foster engagement in specific activities (e.g. reading, mathematics…). So, only an integrative perspective will help to understand motivation process, different motivations and elements influencing it. An integrated paradigm of motivation to learn must consider, what we know about the learner and learning processe, but also diverse learning circumstances and contexts and their interrelations. In that sense, we are interested in the study of the relations between motivation, self-concept, self-esteem, school achievement, and characteristics of learning contexts (formal and informal) that can influence it, in students from second cycle of compulsory school, secondary school and college students. Moreover, we intend to characterize the profiles of students either to learning in general as to specific subjects as mathematics or reading.


Project’s aims:

The main goal of this project is the study of affective components of the learning process, namely motivational features and self-representations. More specifically we intend to characterize students’ motivation in specific learning tasks (e.g. reading, Portuguese language and Maths) both at the level of their different dimensions and their evolution throughout schooling. We are, also, interested in the identification of possible relationships between motivation aspects and students’ individual characteristics, such as self-concept, self-esteem, academic achievement, habits, persistence and “learning’s regulation”. As a third goal we will explore possible relationships between the characteristics of formal and informal contexts (family dynamics, extracurricular activities, teacher motivation, etc.) and motivation levels of students, as well as their self-representations.

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