Center Events: Speaker Series
(University of Texas)
What is the Impact of Classroom Community on
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.