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Please help me to explain that which theory of motivation is most compelling and why. Then, explain how this theory accounts for short- versus long-term change. Finally, explain two ways in which you might apply principles from this theory in an educational setting.

An explanation of which theory of motivation is most compelling to you and why. Then, explain how this theory accounts for short- versus long-term change. Finally, explain two ways in which you might apply principles from this theory in an educational setting. With the reference of Koffka, K. (1935). Principles of Gestalt psychology, New York: Harcourt.

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When considering theories of motivation, especially as applied to the field of educational psychology, the most compelling theories will be successful in eliciting academic results. Consider Tolman's theory of motivation for learning, which is essentially a Stimulus-Stimulus (S-S) theory, the stimuli consisting of complicated sets of patterns of adjustment which are established through cognitive processes (Hergenhahn, 2009). This is in contrast to Watson's Stimulus-Response (S-R) theory, which explains motivation as a result of the mechanical arrangement of stimuli and responses in accord with the law of recency (Hergenhahn, 2009). In other words, the response of an organism in a learning situation will tend to be the final response it made in the previous situation (Hergenhahn, 2009). While Watson and Tolman both made significant contributions with regard to learning and motivation theory, neither of these has been as compelling as Weiner's attribution theory when it comes to getting results in an educational setting.

Weiner (2010) combined elements of Hull's (1943) and Spence's (1956) drive theories and Rotter (1954) and Atkinson's (1957) motivation theories to develop a temporal sequence for any given motivational episode. According to ...

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