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Motivation And Its Impact On The Academic Achievement Of At-Risk Students, Emily Ann Bishop Jan 2010

Motivation And Its Impact On The Academic Achievement Of At-Risk Students, Emily Ann Bishop

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Theories demonstrating the relationship between motivational variables and school achievement have substantially increased over the past three decades. This can be of great potential to educators because if students' motivation is more acquiescent to change than their ability, then achievement can be enhanced through practices that positively affect motivational development. Unfortunately, information on how such theories can be applied or utilized is often overlooked. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness and practical applicability of concepts from motivational theories on the academic achievement of at-risk students.