What drives people toward their goals? Does motivation come from outside the individual or from within? This is a concise, engaging overview of leading theories and the wide body of research about this core concept in psychology. It draws from a broad spectrum of psychological models and disciplines, and focuses on how various theories of motivation define and examine different motivational attributes, such as rewards and goals. Real life case examples illuminate how various models explain behavior and connect the study of motivation to our daily lives.
An entertaining, affordable alternative to lengthy and expensive texts on the subject, Motivation 101 is unique in helping readers understand how each theory of motivation-behavioral, neurobiological, attribution, and other paradigms--views and defines a particular concept within the model. For example, each modality views the concept of ""reward"" from a different perspective. Tables within each chapter compare and contrast the thinking of different schools in regard to each construct. The book is also unique in its multidisciplinary focus, whereby research is drawn not only from different domains of psychology but also from such disciplines as education and business. The book considers cultural differences in the study of motivation and collaborative environments, and addresses changing research methodologies. The book concludes with a discussion of how motivation theory is applied in practical contexts to create change in the world. It will be an asset to undergraduate and graduate courses in motivation in psychology, education, and business.
Provides a concise, engaging overview of motivation that encompasses leading theories and a broad body of research
Compares and contrasts different schools of motivation theories and models including needs-based and cognitively based paradigms
Draws from research across a wide range of domains within psychology, education, and business
Connects the study of motivation to our daily lives through case examples and metaphors
Demonstrates how applying theories of motivation can have tremendous impact on behavior change
James B. Schreiber, PhD, is Professor, Department of Foundations and Leadership, Duquesne University School of Education, USA. He has been an evaluator for local, state, and national projects and is a co-founder of the Center for Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Duquesne. In 2011 he was visiting research scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, evaluating and improving visitors' experiences with museum exhibits. His research interests include people's beliefs about knowledge, attribution theory in motivation, the use of advanced statistical techniques, and gambling behaviors. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Experimental Education and The Journal of Educational Research and serves on the editorial boards of Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Teaching & Learning, Educational Psychology Review, Educational Researcher, and Journal of Advanced Academics. He co-authored a major textbook, Educational Research, with Kimberly Asner-Self (2010).