Learning and Motivation
This Centre of Excellence (CoE) integrates the cognitive and neuropsychological framework with the motivational and social learning approach in order to better understand
- how learning difficulties come about,
- how they develop in school and familial contexts, and
- the kind of consequences that they have for an individuals’
developmental trajectories during their kindergarten and school years.
This integrative effort is based on combining two previous research
groups, one focusing on the neuropsychological basis of learning
disorders and the other on motivational factors in the school years.
The two groups are complemented by a group of researchers who will
bring expertise from many other relevant research fields.
As the main outcome of the CoE we will aim towards a new theoretical and empirically validated understanding of the developmental interplay between the different neurocognitive deficits and the associated motivational dynamics.
The understanding of the neuropsychological background of learning disorders and the meaning of parenting, learning experiences, and environments in the development of motivated learning purports to validate preventive and intervention procedures for the treatment of learning disorders.
The present CoE proposal consists of the following teams:
I. Family, school, motivation and learning
II. Preventive interventions on learning to read and related motivation
III. Motivated learning, learning difficulties and later educational transitions