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LEMO – Learning motivation of children in primary school

LEMO – Learning motivation of children in primary school

The project LEMO focuses on achievement motivation of children in primary school.

Project description

Motivation is an integral part of every learning process. It manifests itself in our efforts to learn new skills, to improve and demonstrate them. A beneficial dispositional motivation may contribute to a child’s willingness to deeply engage in solving a task and to persist in the face of difficulties. However, research on structure and effects of goal orientations remains to be done as regards primary school pupils. The situation of children at risk for developing school difficulties is of special interest to us. The emphases lies on social (e.g., having an immigrant background) and cognitive at-risk factors (e.g., reduced working memory capacity) that often have been linked to less successful academic development. In addition, work-avoidance goals of primary school children and their potentially detrimental effects are being investigated.

Research by Dweck (e.g., 1986), Nicholls (e.g., 1984), and Elliot (e.g., 1999) on mastery goals and performance goals as well as on approach and avoidance tendencies build the study’s theoretical framework.



Further information

Website: IDeA Center

Project management

Marcus Hasselhorn

Project details

Completed projects
Project type: Doctoral / postdoctoral projects
1/2009 - 2014
External funding
Research topic: Development of individual prerequsites for successful learning
Department: Department of Education and Human Development
last modified Jul 14, 2015