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The Dynamics of Learning: An Economic Model of Student Motivation and Achievement


  • Barkley, Andrew P.


This research presents the results of a mathematical model of learning, to identify the major determinants of a productive and successful learning environment for college-level students. The driving force of the research is the relationship between: (1) student capacity for learning (ability), and (2) the opportunity to learn provided by the instructor (challenge). The dynamic relationship between ability and challenge leads to the most effective steady state rate of knowledge acquisition (learning). Implications for both students and teachers are derived and explored, including the proposition that a stable and sustainable rate of learning occurs when ability and challenge are congruent.

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  • Barkley, Andrew P., 2008. "The Dynamics of Learning: An Economic Model of Student Motivation and Achievement," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6161, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea08:6161

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