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Motivation and factors affecting motivation
Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Having studied this course you should be able to discuss what is meant by the term ‘motivation’ and the situational and trait-centred views of motivation. You have examined two of the theories of motivation to develop your understanding more deeply.

The main learning points for this course are:

  • People will be motivated by a range of factors and these are different for everyone.
  • Personality and the environment both need to be considered when motivating people.
  • Need achievement theory explains why high achievers choose difficult or challenging tasks and why low achievers choose easier tasks at which they are less likely to fail.
  • Attribution theory shows that what we attribute our success or failure to will have an effect on our motivation.