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Motivation, Engagement and Individual Choice Pathways

Using methodological and disciplinary lenses
We use psychological and learning sciences to study affective, cognitive and behavioural pathways of development across diverse settings and lifespan stages.

Our collaboration offers a coherent identity and collegial support structure for academics and research students who have affiliated interests in motivation, engagement and individual choice pathways informed by psychological lenses. A shared aim is research capacity-building among the group, including in advanced research methods.

Academics associated with us conduct descriptive, longitudinal, intervention and mixed-methods research, to understand:

  • how to engage all learners in educational settings
  • influences on educational outcomes, life trajectories and occupational opportunities
  • what sustains individuals across their working lives.

Current research areas

  • Youth educational and occupational pathways
  • Student achievement and wellbeing
  • Gendered motivations and outcomes
  • STEM participation and engagement
  • Teacher motivation, attitudes, beliefs, identity and wellbeing
  • Teacher self-efficacy and professional learning
  • Leadership development and wellbeing


Meetings are held on a monthly basis, on Thursdays from 4–5.30pm. Interested parties should email the convenor to be advised of the venue.

Additional meetings, events and projects are planned sporadically. These may include brown-bag members’ talks; formal seminar series; day symposium; project collaborations; a database of expertise to assist in being ready for research tenders; and a doctoral student integration/reading subgroup.



Professor Helen Watt