Motivation and Learning


Members of the Motivation & Learning SIG are interested in issues relating to complexity of learning, instruction, and motivation for both students and teachers in the contemporary classroom. The aim of this SIG is to bring together international researchers interested in contributing to a better understanding of how learning processes, instructional quality, and motivation impact students’ and teachers’ academic lives. This is related to the intra- and interpersonal motivational processes, learning contexts (both on- and off-line), teacher planning and practise, knowledge building, and high-quality evidence-based instruction. It is acknowledged that learning is both formal and informal, and it spans the life continuum from early learning to school, university and lifelong learning contexts. Therefore, members of this SIG examine how learning, instruction, and motivation play a role in each stage of education for students and teachers. Members of this SIG come from a variety of research backgrounds, such as Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, Learning Analytics, and Cognitive Science, and use both quantitative, qualitative, and experimental/intervention approaches.

Research interests:

  • Learning Processes
  • Motivation
  • Engagement
  • Instructional Quality
  • Learning Design (including digital tools)
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Well-being
  • Social support
  • Classroom Practice


AARE Quantitative Methods Library.

The AARE Quantitative Methods Library was developed thanks to funding by AARE and was collated by the AARE Motivation and Learning (M&L) SIG with support from the NSW Institute for Educational Research. The goal of the AARE Quantitative Methods Library is to be launch pad for developing quantitative skills at all levels and to support researchers at all stages of their quantitative methods journey. The library is presented in a table that is organised by topic and includes brief/accessible explainers, as well as a collection of associated practical resources.