The Problem with Motivation: Student Engagement in (STEM) Learning Environments

With Victoria Hand, Associate Professor and Program Chair, STEM Education, CU Boulder School of Education 

This workshop will take place remotely, via Zoom. 

This event is part of a reading series collaboration with the School of Education in which faculty and graduate students are invited to draw from their own research/teaching experience. Presenters bring a wealth of educational scholarship. Please access and read the materials below before attending.

Session Description: Students are often viewed as ‘motivated or not’ by their performance, attitude and actions. The motivation-framework is problematic, however, in that it ignores the fact that what and how a person learners in inextricably linked to the environment in which they learn it. This has deep implications for how we organize learning environments, and their relation to broader social, cultural and racial processes. In this session we will explore a framework that provides a window into different facets of learning environments that matter for students. 

Pre-reading materials: 

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Registration is open until the beginning of the session. 

Thursday, November 19 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Colloquium/Seminar


Academic & Advising, Diversity & Inclusion


Faculty, Students, Graduate Students, Staff, Postdoc

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