For the longest time, researchers and child psychologists have been trying to find out the factors that assured lead to better learning outcomes, and two of the aspects whose mention have come up time and again in this regard are motivation and interest. But before we delve into how interest and motivation can come together to positively affect learning, let’s first understand what these factors are individually.
So, motivation is the state that directs, energizes, and sustains the learning behaviours. It involves goals and activity: goals that offer the impetus for action, and actions that need persistent efforts for sustaining an activity over a long duration of time. On the other hand, interest is like a psychological state of attention and affect that is directed toward a particular topic or object, along with a consistent predisposition to engage repeatedly in it over time. Let us see in this article below how the aspects of interest and motivation help to bring about better learning outcomes.
A common classroom scenario of the effects of interest and motivation
We will elucidate the matter further by a scenario that we have often witnessed in our classrooms. Kiara and Shireen are in the same class, but with remarkably different interests and motivations. While Kiara loves all activities that involve illustration, drawing, or colouring, Shireen would avoid art and drawing at all costs. Kiara can spend a lot of her time in the pursuit of paintings and illustrations, while Shireen would much rather spend it in reading stories and tales of all kinds.
Now, both of these students are good listeners in class and have high achievements in school, but their motivation comes from completely different activities and interests. This is why we, at Vidsan Charterhouse, believe that motivation and interest are mainly the things that drive learning behaviours, and once we are able to understand the motivational factors for each child, we are able to help them better in attaining their learning goals.
The effect of motivation and interest on setting learning goals
Motivation and interest are the two aspects that are at the centre of goal-oriented behaviour. It determines which learning goals the children will set and continue to strive for, and thus, in a way, it affects the choices that the learners make.
For instance, we have all seen students who would rather attend the basketball game during the week than going for some extra laps in the swimming pool; or students who would enrol in art classes rather than taking cricket lessons. The simple fact is that their interest in these activities motivates them to set higher goals, and at the same time, also work harder to achieve those goals.
Motivation and interest drive initiation and persistence of learning
At Vidsan Charterhouse, we believe children can be readily initiated into learning and made persistent towards it when they feel motivated and interested in the subject. Just as the example of Kiara and Shireen we mentioned above, Kiara loved to engage in arts and paintings in her free time, and also found ways to incorporate her skills in her other classroom assignments. When subjects pique the interests of the learners, they feel motivated to increase the time they spend on the task, and the results of it are well evident in the learning outcomes and achievement of them, with regards to that subject.
So, summing up, it comes down to the fact that when we are able to raise the interest and motivation of children towards learning, we can be assured of better results and greater successes. Thus, at Vidsan, one amongst the leading international board schools in Delhi, we are completely invested in outlining the interest and motivation of the children. We are committed to guiding their innate drives in the right direction through personalised attention offered to each young genius.