Enhancing Student Motivation

Tim Urdan, PhD
Professor of Educational Psychology at Santa Clara University,
motivation researcher, and parent of a King 6th grader

This Parent Education presentation was given at the Wednesday, Oct. 3 PTA meeting.

Parents and educators share a concern with how to motivate students.  Dr. Tim Urdan discussed what the research shows about the best practices for motivating early adolescent students.  He presented concrete strategies that parents and teachers can use to enhance student motivation.  The presentation included a consideration of the negative unintended consequences of techniques that parents and teachers often use to try to motivate students.

Here are handouts that Tim shared with parents:

Tim also recommended the following books:


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough