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Summer School on Motivation and Emotion

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University


Summer School on Motivation and Emotion

The importance of student motivation has varied from peripheral to central in psychological and educational research over the years. Currently, research on student motivation seems to be central to research in learning and teaching contexts. Researchers interested in basic questions about how and why some students seem to learn and thrive in school contexts, while other students seem to struggle to develop the knowledge and cognitive resources to be successful academically, must consider the role of motivation. In addition, researchers and educators focused on the development of new instructional interventions, design projects, reform curricula, and innovative technological tools confront problems of student motivation to learn from all of these efforts.

The mission of the summer school is to promote PhD students’ awareness of research and theory on the person and situation influences on the direction, intensity, quality and persistence of human behavior related to learning and instruction in education.  This also involves a more applied research approach to understanding the conditions under which motivational and emotional constructs predict achievement behavior, exploring persistence in the face of obstacles and competing demands, and testing the effectiveness of education-related strategies and interventions for motivation and achievement outcomes.


The aim of the summer school is to provide PhD students the opportunity to discuss their research projects and interests with prominent researchers in the field of motivation, emotion, and self-regulation.


The summer school is carried out over two days.

The content is:

Lectures on motivation, emotion, and self-regulation as well on PhD-related issues (e.g. academic writing).

Reading and discussing student-produced texts.

The participants need to send a 1000 word abstract before the summer school starts. Additionally, the text should include 1-2 questions which the PhD student would like to discuss in the small groups. This text is intended to be read by all participants before course start and to be discussed in groups at the summer school.

The participants will work in two groups consisting of 11-12 students and two teachers. The PhD students will present their research project in the groups (Group A and B). The time allowed for each presentation, including the presentation and discussion, is approximately 60 minutes. Students will enjoy high level mentoring from the summer school experts.

PhD Summer School on Motivation and Emotion 2018

Sunday, August 12

Monday, August 13                                

Tuesday, August 14



8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast

8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast




9.00 – 10.00 Tina Hascher: Which theory should I use?


9.00 – 10.00 Markku Niemivirta: Modeling change over time


10.00 – 12.00 Group A & B: Discussing the work of 2 PhDs


10.00 – 12.00 Group A & B: Discussing the

work of 2 PhDs


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch


13.00 – 15.00 Group A & B: Discussing the work of 2 PhDs


13.00 – 15.00 Group A & B: Discussing the

work of 2 PhDs


15.00 – 15.30 Welcome & Opening + coffee


15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.00 – 15.30 students’ feedback and closing + coffee

15.30 – 16.30 Thea Peetsma: a) Using a facet design, b) Publishing in scientific papers


15.30 – 17.30 Group A & B: Discussing the work of 2 PhDs

15.30 Expected departure



16.30-17.00 Break

17.30 – 18.00 Break



17.00 – 19.00 Setting up the group work

Group A & B: Discussing the work of 2 PhDs

18.00 – 19.00 Sofia-Eleftheria Gonida: Career planning workshop on the 'possible selves' paradigm




19.00 Dinner

19.00 Dinner



Target group:

PhD students in the field of education and educational psychology




Lectures, workshops


1.5 ECTS

Based on:

  • 2 days of summer school (15 hours cf. the program)
  • Writing a 1,000 word abstract related to their doctoral research work (20 hours)
  • Reading of abstracts (4 hours)


Professor Thea Peetsma, University of Amsterdam

Professor Markku Niemivirta, University of Oslo,

Professor Tina Hascher, University of Bern,

Associate professor Sofia-Eleftheria Gonica, University of Thessaloniki

Assistant professor Andreas Lieberoth, DPU,

Associate professor Niels Bonderup Dohn,

Dates and time:

12th – 14th August 2018 (Sunday – Tuesday)


Sandbjerg Estate, Sandbjergvej 102, 6400 Sønderborg.

Participants must cover their own travel expenses. Furthermore, accommodation and meals may become subject to self-payment (roughly corresponding to 310 EURO + VAT). More information to follow as soon as possible.

Application deadline:


Please apply for a spot on the summer school via  no later than January 15, 2018

When making your online application, you are asked to provide your abstract. We recommend that you prepare your abstract in advance and copy/insert it into the text box.


Notification of acceptance: by February 26, 2018



Course dates
12 August 2018 - 14 August 2018
see posting
Sandbjerg Estate
Sandbjergvej 102
1,5 points

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