These interventions are exciting for their broad applicability in improving students’ academic choices and performance, they are also exciting regarding their potential for contributions to basic science. The combination of laboratory experiments and field experiments is advancing our understanding of the motivational principles and almost certainly will continue to do so. At the same time, interventions may benefit from becoming increasingly targeted at specific motivational processes that are effective with particular groups or in particular contexts.
This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant DRL 0814750) to Janet S. Hyde and the National Institute of Health (Grant R01GM102703) to Judith M. Harackiewicz. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health.
Harackiewicz, J.M., Tibbetts, Y., Canning, E. and Hyde, J.S. (2014), "Harnessing Values to Promote Motivation in Education", Motivational Interventions (Advances in Motivation and Achievement, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 71-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0749-742320140000018002
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