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Dr. Marilla Svinicki (University of Texas)
What is the Impact of Classroom Community on Student Motivation?
March 15, 2005

There is much in the literature about the impact of the classroom environment on student motivation and learning. As a result of observing shifting motivation among her own students, Dr. Svinicki has begun to systematically investigate how students perceive the classroom environment and the degree to which their perceptions of the classroom correlate with their goals and strategies for learning. During this session she’ll lay out the theoretical grounding of her research, as well as her initial results.

Marilla Svinicki received her BA and MA in Psychology from Western Michigan University and her PhD from the University of Colorado. After teaching at Macalester College, she relocated to Austin where she was the director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Texas, Austin. Currently she is an Associate Professor of educational psychology at UT. Her areas of research are the application of learning and motivation principles to instructional design. She has studied technology use and cognitive functioning, the development of graduate students as teachers, and the development of classroom community. A leader in the field of faculty development for 30 years, Dr. Svinicki is the editor in chief of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, a leading publication that melds theory and research with practice in higher education.

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