Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Motivation in education--History., Effective teaching--History., Education--History.
Apathy among learners in secondary education classrooms is a modern problem but it has an interesting past. This paper assumes that unmotivated learners have always been a difficulty and uses a historical analysis to investigate how educators in the pre-modern world effectively motivated and engaged students. Using primary sources from scholars and educators of the pre-modern era a comparison is made to what modern pedagogical experts consider to be effective engagement strategies. Historical context for this comparison is provided within a chronological education narrative of Western civilization beginning with Ancient Greece and concluding with the Early Modern Period. The evidence suggests that even though education cultures change over time the effectiveness of student engagement techniques remains largely unchanged.
Putman, James, "The motivation to learn : engaging students in pre-modern western education" (2018). Theses. 258.