Mastery Motivation in Children with Down Syndrome : Promoting and Sustaining Interest in Learning

Gilmore, Linda & Cuskelly, Monica (2014) Mastery Motivation in Children with Down Syndrome : Promoting and Sustaining Interest in Learning. In Faragher, Rhonda & Clarke, Barbara (Eds.) Educating Learners with Down Syndrome : Research, Theory, and Practice with Children and Adolescents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis, New York, pp. 60-82.

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Abstract

Motivation is central to children’s learning. Without persistent effort, especially in the face of failure, and an eagerness to engage in challenging tasks, individuals are unlikely to learn as effectively as they might. Because of their cognitive impairments, children with Down syndrome will almost certainly have difficulties with learning. These difficulties will be ameliorated somewhat by strong engagement with learning activities whereas problems with motivation are likely to further jeopardise their academic progress as well as potentially limiting achievements in other areas of life.

In this chapter we begin with a general overview of motivation. Using the framework of mastery motivation, we review the relatively small amount of research about children with Down syndrome. We identify the individual characteristics and features of children’s environments that are likely to be related to lower or higher levels of mastery motivation. In the final section, we consider implications for educators and then draw together the findings to provide a set of recommendations for future research.

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ID Code: 64631
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Down syndrome, learning, motivation
ISBN: 9780415816373
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 24 Dec 2013 00:33
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 06:43

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