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Advances in Motivation and Achievement

ISSN: 0749-7423
Series editor(s): Stuart Karabenick and Timothy C. Urdan

Subject Area: Education

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A sociocultural approach to motivation: A long time coming but here at last


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Title:A sociocultural approach to motivation: A long time coming but here at last
Author(s):Richard Walker, Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, Erica Sainsbury, Judith MacCallum
Volume:16 Editor(s): Timothy C. Urdan, Stuart A. Karabenick ISBN: 978-0-85724-253-2 eISBN: 978-0-85724-254-9
Citation:Richard Walker, Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, Erica Sainsbury, Judith MacCallum (2010), A sociocultural approach to motivation: A long time coming but here at last, in Timothy C. Urdan, Stuart A. Karabenick (ed.) The Decade Ahead: Applications and Contexts of Motivation and Achievement (Advances in Motivation and Achievement, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-42
DOI:10.1108/S0749-7423(2010)000016B004 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
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Until recently, motivation has been considered to be an individual phenomenon. Motivational theorists have accordingly conceptualised key constructs in individualistic terms and emphasised the individual origins and nature of motivation, although they have also long recognised that contextual or social factors have a significant influence on these individual processes. Recently this conceptualisation has been questioned as theorists have suggested, after Vygotsky, that motivation, like learning and thinking, might be social in nature. This idea was first suggested by Sivan (1986) more than twenty years ago but it received a major impetus with the publication of an article by Hickey (1997) eleven years later. Since that time interest in the social nature of motivation has grown as a small number of book chapters and journal articles have been published and conference papers have been presented on the topic. Although some motivational theorists remain sceptical (e.g. Winne, 2004) of this theoretical development, the inclusion of a section on sociocultural approaches to motivation in Perry, Turner, and Meyer's (2006) chapter on classrooms as contexts for motivating learning in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Educational Psychology suggests that this perspective is being seriously considered by motivational researchers. Similarly, the inclusion of a chapter (Walker, in press-b) on the sociocultural approach to motivation in the 3rd edition of the International Encyclopedia of Education indicates that this approach has achieved some recognition.


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