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ASPECTS OF THE LEARNING MOTIVATION IN THE STUDENT POPULATION
ASPECTS OF THE LEARNING MOTIVATION IN THE STUDENT POPULATION

Author(s): Ramona-Cristina Balanescu
Subject(s): Education
Published by: ”Carol I” National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: motivation; learning; adult education; student population; academic success

Summary/Abstract: The concept of motivation was granted and is still being granted particular attention, the researchers being intensely concerned with studying the reasons leading people and pushing them to act. Furthermore, the learning process is contemporarily suffering changes triggered by the individuals’ characteristics, needs and interests. The learning is a particularly complex and difficult process at any age, a process the authors of "Orizontul fără limite al învăţării" ("The Limitless Horizon of Learning") state about that "nowadays, no one is learning, yet, at the level, with the intensity and at the speed necessary to deal the modern world complexity". Thus, the concepts mentioned hereinabove acquire new connotations, the education theorists and practitioners being interested in identifying the factors stimulating the learning motivation at different age stages. The adult motivation and learning has certain features, but it might be difficult to generalise the features of adults as students because of the individual differences generated by age, mentality, education level, personality, economic situation, but also by other factors. This paper attempts the identification of some aspects of the learning motivation in the student population, going beyond these differences. A student’s successes can be attributed to his high motivation, while a student avoiding the effort and acquiring indepth knowledge can be considered as lacking motivation. The higher the students’ motivation, the higher their involvement, which will not delay their activity results in appearing. We consider one of the main aspects a successful teacher should reflect upon should be both knowing the student population he/she works with, and identifying and applying the effective manners of motivating students, supporting their learning activity. This study aims at finding the characteristics behind the learning motivation in some of the students in the "Politehnica" University in Bucharest, where we perform our activity, as a premise both for building a better relationship in the didactic process, and for their academic success.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 165-171
  • Page Count: 7