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High School Motivation

The High School Motivation (HSM) project is the newest endeavor of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab. This project involves collaboration between the lab and select high schools from across the state of Kentucky. Undergraduate students working with our lab have contacted and met with high school psychology classes in order to better learn about …

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Motivation and Achievement in Rural Appalachia (MARA)

Researchers in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab are currently working with schools in eastern Kentucky to examine the relationship between cultural factors associated with rurality and the academic motivation and achievement of rural students in the region. First-generation college students are typically defined as students whose parents have not attended college. Cultural influences may …

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Motivation in Engineering

Influence of Motivation on Learning Outcomes in an Engineering Service Course The P20 Motivation and Learning Lab is currently involved in collaborative research funded by the National Science Foundation Research Initiative Grants in Engineering Education (RIGEE). This grant seeks to establish an interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the fields of engineering and educational sciences. The …

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Motivation in Transition

The researchers at the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab are working on their first project, Motivation in Transition. This longitudinal study, conducted in Kentucky schools, will investigate how student and teacher motivation changes over time across the transition from elementary to middle school. See below for an overview of the two-year study:

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