The importance of motivational factors for the acquisition and representation of knowledge

  • Motivational conditions have been thus far largely neglected by contemporary theoretical approaches in knowledge psychology. The present article attempts to demonstrate the necessity for the greater integration of both. Suggestions are made regarding the choice and conceptualization of relevant motivational factors. Two possible groups of factors can be distinguished: (1) motivational factors of personality, and (2) motivational effects of action. Available theoretical approaches (e.g., the "levels of processing" approach) and examples are used to clarify the potential effects of these factors on the acquisition and representation of knowledge. Finally, a review is made of empirical studies allowing confirmatory allegations about the posited relationships between motivational factors and processes related to knowledge. This review reveals substantial research deficits on this topic.

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Author:Ulrich Schiefele
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (paper 044)
Document Type:Postprint
Year of Completion:1987
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2009/07/29
Source:Regulation of Learning / P.R.J.Simons; G. Beukhof. - Den Haag : SVO Selecta, 1987. - S. 47-69.
RVK - Regensburg Classification:CX 3500
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht