Academic journal article Business Communication Quarterly

Motivating Students

Academic journal article Business Communication Quarterly

Motivating Students

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MOTIVATING STUDENTS for life-long learning is one of our primary tasks as educators. Just as students come in all shapes and sizes, so too do their attitudes towards education: some view school work as a delight, others as drudgery. Judging from the substantial body of literature on the subject (346,000 Websites identified by Google), motivation is a concern that encompasses students of all ages, from preschool to graduate school, and internationally as well.

Most would agree there is no motivational "magic bullet" (Cox, 2000). But as instructors, we have the ability to help students become more enfranchised in their education, through employing active learning strategies, and understand the connections between seemingly disparate curricular boxes. As Barbara Davis suggests, "whatever level of motivation your students bring to the classroom will be transformed, for better or worse, by what happens in that classroom" (Davis, 1999).

The three articles in this issue's column all focus on active learning as a motivator. Li-Shih Huang, University of Toronto, explains ten tips for increasing student motivation, gleaned from an experience with a graduate course on oral communication. The emphasis is on environment, discussion, and creativity. …

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