How motivation really works
How motivation really works 2022-23
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module is delivered by a chartered psychologist with over 10 years applied experience in high performance environments. In the module we will cover various theoretical and applied issues related to motivation. Potential topics include: - Self-Efficacy Theory and the influence of psychological skills on motivation and confidence - How different forms of athlete motivation can help or hinder health and performance, - How coaches and practitioners can enhance the motivation of those they work with by developing motivationally effective environments, - The influence of controlling coach behaviours, - Whether motivational theory really applies at the elite level
-threshold -50%>Realistic but unimaginative client/group scenario; some knowledge and understanding of chosen theoretical perspective; basic application of chosentheory/theories to practice; little or no attempt to integrate different theoretical perspectives where more than one is used; rudimentary rationale presentedfor the intervention; lacking a concise and succinct writing style and including superfluous material; no evidence of reading/research beyond that given inthe reading pack in preparation for the assignment. -good -60%>Imaginative and realistic client/group scenario; good knowledge and understanding of chosen theoretical perspective; good application of chosentheory/theories to practice; integration of different theoretical perspectives where more than one is used; presentation of a rationale for the intervention;concise and succinct writing style with no superfluous material; evidence of wide reading/research beyond that given in the reading pack in preparation forthe assignment -excellent -70%>Highly imaginative and realistic client/group scenario; excellent knowledge and understanding of chosen theoretical perspective; insightful application ofchosen theory/theories to practice; very clear integration of different theoretical perspectives where more than one is used; explicit presentation of arationale for the intervention; extremely concise and succinct writing style with no superfluous material; evidence of considerable reading/research beyondthat given in the reading pack in preparation for the assignment.
- Critically understand how to create an environment that fosters motivation for behaviour change
- Develop a deep and critical understanding of how self-determination theory can be applied to performance contexts
- Develop a deep and critical understanding of self-determination theory as a theory of motivation
- Identify relevant aspects of mental skills and other practical strategies, and critically understand their influence on self-efficacy
case study (theory), 1500 words in length Present a case study of a scenario of your choosing that is relevant to you/your domain and use relevant theory from the module to explain what is happening in the scenario. You might choose to describe a performer who is lacking confidence, a group of individuals who are lacking motivation for work, or a situation where a performer (athlete, soldier, dancer etc.) reports that their coach engages in controlling behaviours which impacts their motivation.
case study (applied), 1500 words in length Using the scenario you developed in the first assignment, you need to develop an appropriate intervention. The intervention should be clearly based on one or more relevant theoretical perspective. Where more than one theory is used, they should be coherently integrated and used in a complementary fashion (rather than adopting little bits of different theories piecemeal). The intervention sessions should be outlined in enough detail to indicate what was actually done with the client/group (i.e. describe the processes not just the aims of the intervention). Both the general approach to intervention and the specific strategies adopted should be explicitly linked to the principles of the chosen theory or theories. Presentation of supporting evidence for the approach taken will be rewarded but the emphasis should be very much on applied and practical issues.