ED5570: Week 7 Discussion 1: Evolving Theories and Practice in Learning
As we noted in Week 3, the debate over the content of the curriculum—in particular the
balance between required and elective courses—has been going on for nearly two
centuries. At the heart, these debates are about the academic benefits of a common
curricular experience versus encouraging student motivation through the choice of
courses. There is also increasing evidence that many students benefit from fewer
choices, which is the premise of the “structured pathways” movement (Dadgar, Venezia,
Nodine, & Bracco, 2013).
● Conduct a search of juried articles and studies on college and student
motivation written within the past five years and identify two or three you find
interesting and relevant.
● Based on the articles you found, summarize the current theory on student
motivation for learning.
● Based on these articles, this week’s readings, and your personal and
professional experience, explain whether you consider it better to provide
fewer or greater course choices to undergraduate students. Defend your
re: Dadgar, M., Venezia, A., Nodine, T., & Bracco, K. R. (2013). Providing structured
pathways to guide students toward completion. Retrieved from
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Note: Minimum of 300 words.