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Psicothema, 2007. Vol. Vol. 19 (nº 4). 603-609




Learning-related motives and the perception of the motivational quality of the learning environment:

Jesús Alonso Tapia and Miguel Ruiz Díaz

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

How can university students’ motivation to learn be enhanced? To achieve this, first we should know: What motivational value do students attribute to each particular component of learning environments? To which degree is this value mediated by students’ motivational orientations? To respond to these questions, 1,166 university students were administered two questionnaires, one for assessing their motivational orientations and the other, their perceptions of the characteristics of their learning environment. Descriptive and multiple-regression analyses were performed to respond to the questions. Results support predictions concerning both questions, suggesting that motivation modulates the motivational effect of learning environments.

Motivaciones relacionadas con el aprendizaje y percepción del valor motivador del entorno instruccional. ¿Cómo puede mejorarse la motivación de los universitarios por aprender? Para conseguir este objetivo es necesario conocer: ¿Qué valor motivacional atribuyen a los distintos componentes del entorno de aprendizaje? ¿En qué medida este valor está mediatizado por sus características motivacionales? Para responder a estas dos preguntas, 1.166 universitarios respondieron un cuestionario para evaluar sus características motivacionales y otro para evaluar su percepción del valor motivacional de las características del entorno instruccional, y se realizaron análisis descriptivos y de regresión. Los resultados apoyan las predicciones realizadas, sugiriendo que la motivación modula el efecto motivacional del entorno de aprendizaje.

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