Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Higher Education Research & Development vol:30 issue:2 pages:135-150
The present study investigates the direct and indirect influence of motivation for learning, as understood by the self-determination theory, on students’ approaches to learning. Concerning the direct influence of motivation, results show that autonomous motivation is positively related to a deep approach to learning and negatively to a surface approach. Motivation also has an indirect effect on students’ approaches to learning through the perceptions of workload and task complexity, in particular through the perception of a lack of information. The greater the extent to which students are autonomously motivated, the less they perceive that they have a lack of information and the less they are inclined to adopt a surface approach to learning.