Effective student motivation commences with resolving 'dissatisfiers'
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The evolution in students' expectations based on Maslow's theory of human motivation shows a transition from expectations having an effect upon motivation towards those providing a satisfactory experience. Maslow's argument was that once the lower level needs, such as physiological and safety needs, are met other higher needs emerge. In the context of student motivation, once environmental conditions are satisfied, the individual becomes dominated by the unsatisfied needs and other hygiene factors related to their studies dominate their experience and expectations. However, the environmental conditions must be satisfied before progress to other levels will succeed. Failure to address these basic issues at the commencement of a student's course of study can lead to absence and the subsequent lack of academic integration is a significant contributor to withdrawal.
Prescott, A. and Simpson, E. 2004. Effective student motivation commences with resolving 'dissatisfiers'. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 28(3): pp.247-259. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877042000241733