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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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GUIMARAES, Sueli Édi Rufini; BZUNECK, José Aloyseo  and  SANCHES, Samuel Fabre. Educational psychology in teaching students: their motivatiion. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2002, vol.6, n.1, pp. 11-19. ISSN 1413-8557.

This study investigated the motivational orientations and involvement in Educational Psychology courses of 246 undergraduate majoring in teaching students at Londrina State University (Brazil). Measures of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (WPI) and scales for assessment of reported effort, as well as a questionaire regarding demographic and self-perception of achievement data were administred to all the participants. Analyses of Variance and correlational studies revealed significant differences between the measures employed and the demographic variables invetigated. Findings are discussed in terms of their contribuition not only for a deeper understanding of the students motivational patterns, but also for the improvement of Educational Psycology courses for undergraduates teaching students.

Keywords : Motivation and learning; Intrinsic motivation.

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