Aletha Harven

Theory Into Practice: Student Motivation, Engagement, & Cognition

Motivation is at the crux of all learning, which is why it is imperative for educators to understand how motivation works within the classroom context. Therefore, this workshop will review important theoretical aspects of motivation in order to assist educators in understanding the ways in which to increase student engagement and knowledge in the classroom. Simple suggestions for utilizing technology to increase student motivation and knowledge will be given. Also, educators will have an opportunity to incorporate what they have learned into a meaningful lesson plan for immediate use. This workshop will be both discussion-based and interactive.


Dr. Aletha M. Harven is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Stanislaus in the Department of Psychology and Child Development, where she teaches on-ground, hybrid, and online classes regarding the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children and adolescents. Dr. Harven holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on Human Development and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Harven’s areas of expertise include human development, K-12 education, adolescents in context, risk and resiliency, psychosocial adjustment, academic motivation and achievement, and social justice teaching. Her current research explores the relation between school-related risk factors and the mental health, academic motivation, and school achievement of underserved students of color. She also explores how psychological factors, such as having a strong racial identity, and social environmental factors, such as having strong parental support, can help students to stay resilient in the face of adversity. Dr. Harven has earned various academic honors and awards and is published in journals such as the Journal of Educational Research and the Journal of Science Education and Technology.  Dr. Harven is excited to share her knowledge with you on technology use in the classroom, as it relates to increasing student motivation and engagement. Dr. Harven can be reached at .

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