The Motivate Lab conducts research on educational interventions grounded in theories of social and personality psychology, motivation, and human development. We partner with practitioners and other researchers to develop interventions that boost motivation, learning, and achievement in school and other educational contexts. By combining psychological science with design thinking and leveraging strategic researcher-practitioner partnerships, we seek to instigate positive change in organizations, from the individual to the policy level. We utilize best practices in design-based research, randomized control trials, and mixed-methods research to find optimal solutions to meet our partners' needs.
As a part of the Motivate Lab, students will work on tasks to support one or more on-going motivation studies. Students will be trained to code participant essays based on a rubric and to recognize motivational themes in writing. Students will also aid researchers in designing and proofing research materials. Students will be encouraged to participate in data analyses with guidance from the faculty mentor and graduate students. Other duties may include focus group transcription, data entry, and other lab support services as assigned. Students may have the opportunity to present their findings at a regional or national conference.
An interest in education research in motivation is a plus, but not required. The ability to work hard and show initiative are all we require.
1. To gain or strengthen basic research methods and statistics knowledge.
2. To gain or strengthen familiarity with motivation concepts from educational psychology.
3. As a result of their work, highly motivated and engaged students will be better able to communicate the results of research to others.