The importance of establishing relevance in motivating student learning

  title={The importance of establishing relevance in motivating student learning},
  author={David Kember and Amber Ho and Celina Hong},
  journal={Active Learning in Higher Education},
  pages={249 - 263}
This article reports findings from a study which interviewed 36 undergraduate students about aspects of the teaching and learning environment which motivated or demotivated their study. It was found that students were motivated by a teaching environment characterized by eight main elements. This article reports in detail on the element of establishing relevance, as this seemed very important to the interviewees. The interviewees found that teaching abstract theory alone was demotivating… 

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