Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Carol Britson

Second Advisor

Carla Carr

Third Advisor

Gregg Roman

Relational Format



Motivation is the key to success in difficult science courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology. Students may possess intrinsic motivation, or motivation for enjoyment, extrinsic motivation, or motivation for a reward, or amotivation, a lack of motivation at all. The goal of this experiment was to identify better ways of helping students succeed in Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) at the University of Mississippi, determine when motivational efforts seem to decrease during the semester, and identify how to better develop intrinsic motivation in students. There was a significant relationship between many of the student’s survey responses to their exam scores and earned grade for the course. Many students whose survey responses leaned toward motivational habits also tended to perform better in the course. Most students responded that they were taking the course as a requirement for their major and not for the enjoyment of learning the material, making students less intrinsically motivated to do well. On all surveys, students who responded that they would work as hard as possible to make a good grade scored well on exams administered during the same timeframe as when the survey was given. The data also showed that even if students didn’t enjoy the material, they would still work hard to perform well in the course. The significant relationships tended to lean towards responses that correlated with a motivated student. However, the mean responses per question did decline as the semester continued. Students seemed to answer much more positively at the beginning of the semester than the end, showing a decrease in their motivations to do well. This could be due to feeling overwhelmed or discouraged by the amount of information, the difficulty of information, or poor exam scores.

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