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Define /describe how to increase motivation. Explain how the two areas in which selected theory / approach contributes to education. How could it be used to enhance teaching and learning? Support your position with one example. The discussion must be constructive and reflect thoughtful application of theory.

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1. Define /describe how to increase motivation explain how the two areas in which selected theory / approach contributes to education. How could it be used to enhance teaching and learning support your position with one example the discussion must be constructive and reflect thoughtful applications of theory. I have tried looking for it on the web cannot find anything to match what I was looking for.

Let's look at two theories, their motivations to learn and application examples for you to consider for this assignment. I also attached a supporting article, some of which this response is drawn.

As a point in case, let's argue that the two ways to increase motivation are linked to Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories.

1). Motivation is intrinsic as an adaptation to the social environment (e.g. Piaget's theory of Cognitive Constructivism)

Motivation is increased through biological maturation and the development of the mind. Piaget is firmly grounded in a biological worldview and postulates the essence of human development in the adaptation to environment. That is, for Piaget, children develop, learn and achieve knowledge?all in the spirit of adapting to existing conditions in order to 'fit in' better with them and the environment as a whole. Accordingly, mind and knowledge, evolving out of actions through which people adapt to the world, is also profoundly saturated by the goals and processes of adaptation. Children develop and as they develop mentally, they learn differently e.g., concrete versus abstract reasoning. Developmental theories, in other words, regard cognitive growth as a slow yet steady move away from intuitive towards rational thinking, or from everyday cognition towards scientific reasoning http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:F_KZ5bdjhqgJ:learning.media.mit.edu/content/publications/EA.Piaget%2520_%2520Papert.pdf+piaget+application+to+education&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=ca&client=firefox-a

Increasing motivation:

If we think, for example, that intelligence is innate and that talents are given, we are likely to focus our motivational interventions at helping kids unfold their potentials? at the cost of not always giving a chance to those whom we think of as "untalented". And if we believe, as Piaget does, that knowledge is actively constructed by the child in interaction with her world, then we are tempted to offer opportunities for kids to engage in hands-on explorations that fuel the constructive process. We may do so at the cost of letting them "rediscover the wheel" or drift away when shortcuts could be welcome. http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:F_KZ5bdjhqgJ:learning.media.mit.edu/content/publications/EA.Piaget%2520_%2520Papert.pdf+piaget+application+to+education&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=ca&client=firefox-a

Application to Learning:

Piaget's theory has practical implications for the role of teachers in the ...

Solution Summary

By example, this solution describes how to increase motivation and how two theoretical approaches contribute to education and can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Supplemented with information on Piaget and Vygotsky.

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