Multi-Genre Research Project Historical/Cultural Perspectives from 1984 or Lord of the Flies

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IV. The Origins of My Research

There is not one incident or experience that sparked my interest in this topic. I have been interested in the role of motivation in achievement in any domain, since I first started competing in swimming. Motivation always was a very prominent topic in all of the sports I participated in throughout my grade school and high school experience. Since this topic was introduced to me, I have been interested in how motivation works, where it comes from, and how it can be fostered. I have always been a very motivated person, but even in myself, I often wonder where my motivation comes from. I have also observed many of my peers throughout my schooling, in high school especially, who have expressed a lack of motivation. I remember feeling that I was unusual for completing all of the reading assignments, because most of my friends and many of my peers acted as if it were absurd to think that they would actually read the assigned novels or texts. I wonder why people are unmotivated. The problem of students lacking motivation has always been a concern of mine when I think about teaching. This was the first thing that came to mind when I started to think about a research topic for my multi-genre paper.

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