AERA Motivation SIG Business Meeting

A student recently asked whether she should even attend the SIG’s business meeting (which sounded boring). Yes! The business meeting (Sunday, April 30, 6:15-8:00, light refreshments included), enables us to gather together as motivation researchers and discuss ways to improve our special interest group. It’s also a time for us to recognize graduate students who are presenting at AERA and to honor one graduate student who will be the 2017 recipient of the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Please join us. We’ll try to keep it interesting.

Have something you want to see on the meeting agenda? Write it in the comments section.

AERA SIG Dinner Social – Registration now OPEN

Mark your calendars for our annual SIG dinner social on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. I have attached step-by-step screenshots for how to do this.

AERA 2017 Update and Information

We hope you’re looking forward to AERA in San Antonio.  As we finalize our program, please notify Hadley Solomon ( if you have an accepted paper/poster and will not be attending AERA to present. We want to be sure we have all slots filled. Also, mark your calendars for our annual SIG dinner social on Sunday, April 30 following our business meeting. The dinner event will begin at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). We’ll post sign-up details soon. AERA occurs at the same time as Fiesta this year. Please book your hotel room now if you have not already. It’s going to be a vibrant time in SA! Finally, if you have something you want to discuss with the SIG at our annual business meeting, please email Dr. Ellen Usher (

AERA 2017 Symposium on Motivation Theory

Allan Wigfield
University of Maryland-College Park

Alison C. Koenka
Ohio State University

Researchers have learned much about motivation and its relations to important achievement and broader life outcomes. Over the last 50 years there have been several major theoretical models of motivation guiding much of this research; these models continue to be the dominant ones in the field.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers who either developed these models or contributed much to them to:
1) Present their views of the current status of the model and its future directions
2) Interact among themselves and with the audience about major issues future research on motivation and the theoretical models guiding that research both need to resolve.


Bernard Weiner
Attribution Theory
Presenting Author

Jacquelynne Eccles
Expectancy Value Theory
Presenting Author

Dale H. Schunk
Motivation and Social Cognitive Theory
Presenting Author

Edward Deci (right)
Self-Determination Theory
Presenting Author

Richard M. Ryan (left)
Non-Presenting Author

Tim Urdan
Achievement Goal Theory:
Where it Came From and Where it is Going

Presenting Author

AERA Division C Invited Senior Panel

University of California - Los Angeles
Sandra Graham

Avi Kaplan

Tara Yosso
University of Michigan

Dennis McInerney
University of Hong Kong

Just announced: The AERA Division C - Invited Senior Panel for the San Antonio meeting in 2017. The session is entitled: “Tensions in Division C: Shifting between building individual agency and promoting systemic change.

As learning and instruction researchers we esteem the study of individual attributes that promote academic and social health for children and adolescents. However, does this ‘prize’ inherently inoculate us from perceiving the influence of systems and structures that perpetuate inequity? Do researchers and practitioners fall into the trap of blaming students who do not measure well on our esteemed internal attributes (e.g., self-regulation, grit, growth mindsets, etc.)? Where should we localize our intervention efforts: teacher conceptual change, individual child resilience, education policy, systemic racism? A focus on any of these singularly, leaves us vulnerable to a disregard of another. All of these tensions and others are addressed by a panel of senior researchers who have struggled with these questions over the course of their careers. This session is for anyone who is looking to adopt more of a structural perspective in psychological research or grapple with the complexities of balancing agentic versus systems perspectives on teaching, learning, and social change in education. Implications for methodological approaches in psychology and education will also be discussed.

The structure of the session will be to have each panelist speak for 10 mins about their experiences with this tension and how they have managed to work through it, remaining true to a psychological perspective while also honoring a deep consideration of social systems and structures. Next, a list of prepared questions solicited from Division C members as well as the planning committee will be posed to the panelists, and they will address these freely for the next 30 mins, followed by an open Q & A with the audience.

Input Requested
Please send Jamaal Matthews ( burning questions that you would like to see addressed. They cannot ensure that all submitted questions will be posed during the session; however, they will make an effort to select thoughtful questions that directly address the topic at hand and stimulate the ongoing conversation.


2017 Graduate Student Travel Award and the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award

Participation and support for graduate students has been a strong tradition of the Motivation in Education SIG. As such, the SIG sponsors two awards specifically for graduate student members of the SIG.

You qualify for a student travel award if you: (1) are a current graduate student, (2) are a member of the Motivation in Education SIG, (3) have an accepted presentation (of any kind—paper, poster, roundtable) as part of the Motivation in Education SIG program, and (4) are the first-author on that presentation. The amount of the student travel awards for this year has not been determined yet, but recent awards were around $100.  We hope to match that amount this year.

To apply for the student travel award, simply send an email to Dr. Ellen Usher ( with your name, mailing address, an attached copy of your AERA proposal, and an attached copy of all the reviews you received for your proposal. Award application due date: Friday, February 3, 2017.

The proposals and proposal reviews of Student Travel Award applicants will be reviewed to determine a group of finalists who will be considered for the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Those finalists will then have their proposals and reviews read by an ad hoc committee of senior SIG members. This committee will select the winner of the 2017 Pintrich Award.  All awards will be disbursed during the SIG business meeting, which all are encouraged to attend.  Please forward this message to students who may be eligible.

AERA 2017-Graduate Student Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program

SIG Graduate Students- Is there a motivation researcher you have always wanted to meet, or a topic you want to know more about from the experts? We are soliciting nominations for the annual Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program to be held at AERA. Each year, the SIG Graduate Student Committee coordinates lunches between faculty members and graduate students so that they can meet and discuss mutual research interests. We choose faculty based on student votes, so please let us know whom you’d like us to invite! To submit a nomination, please take one minute to complete this very short nomination form.

If you don’t have a specific professor in mind, you can also submit ideas of topics you’d like to discuss at a lunch.

Please complete the survey by January 31. If you have any questions you can e-mail Emily Rosenzweig at

AERA 2017 MotSIG Program Draft

We are excited to share with you a draft version of our 2017 AERA MotSIG program. Among the exciting presentations will be an invited talk by Dr. Judy Harackiewicz and a theory-specific symposium entitled, “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants.” Please peruse all topics and presenters on the program. Presentation time slots and locations will be released by AERA in February.