Motivation a Matter of Gender and Also Calibre




Boisvert, Jacques

Do boys and girls have the same motivation for college studies? Taking into account the learning differences between girls and boys, the author presents some of his results based on the viewpoints expressed by students in Humanities at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, who were divided into different groups based on sex and calibre. He begins by identifying five components of motivation: the setting, one’s perceived ability to undertake a task, one’s perceived motivation level, the decision to undertake an activity, and the cognitive commitment to accomplish an activity. After analyzing the results, the author offers a number of recommendations likely to reinforce motivation: an active and diversified pedagogy, the systematic pairing of weak/strong students, adequate preparation for college studies in secondary, reinforced support of individual students’ study and career projects as well as a more accurate depiction of CEGEP in secondary.


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