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Motivating Gen Z Learners: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know

Nanyang Technological University via Coursera


The purpose of this course is to equip parents and educators with the knowledge of motivational theories and their application in real-life contexts. Following the storyline of two children, Bob and Sarah, course participants are presented with a variety of problem scenarios. These depict common motivational issues that the participants can resolve using the motivational principles described in the course. Through the various sessions, parents and educators will progressively build a repertoire of strategies that enable them to better understand the Gen Z learners and to enhance their motivation to learn. Course participants will also have the opportunity to check their own understanding through quizzes and to interact with one another through discussion forums.

This course was created with the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About National Institute of Education (NIE)
As an autonomous institute of the Nanyang Technological University, the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, is Singapore’s national teacher education institute and plays a key role in the preparation of teachers and in the provision of teacher professional and school leadership development programmes. Its university-based teacher education programmes leverage the strong partnerships with the Ministry of Education and Singapore schools to develop teachers who are grounded in theory and strong in practice. As an institute within a world-class research university, NIE also offers rigorous graduate education in the form of masters and doctoral programmes for local and international students.


  • Session 1 - Understanding what motivates behavior: Do punishments and rewards work?
    • By the end of this session, you will be able to determine the source(s) of a child’s motivation, to use appropriate external motivators judiciously, and to identify and assist in satisfying the needs of your student(s) or children.
  • Session 2 - Looking into the Needs of Learners: Needs-Based Theories of Motivation
    • By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Session 3 - Mindsets and Causal Attributions for Success and Failure
    • By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Session 4 - The Self-Regulated Learner

Taught by

Stefanie Chye, Yvonne Seng, Tan Chee Soon and Caroline Koh


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