Welcome to the SABER Motivation Research Special Interest Group (SIG)!

This group formed out of conversations that occurred at the 2016 Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) National Meeting at the University of Minnesota. The primary purpose of this group is foster communication among and be a repository of information for those who are interested in motivation research in education. Additionally, we are interested in creating a collaborative environment where researchers with common interests can work together as we attempt to better understand what exactly motivates students and their instructors. This is an open group and we warmly welcome all who share common interests in these topics.


It's 2019! Happy New Year from the SABER Motivation Special Interest Group!

At SABER 2018 the Motivation Special Interest Group (SIG) had our annual meeting. This was our second Motivation SIG meeting (click here for --> 2018 Meeting Program) and I hope you are all found our meeting informative and collaborative. A few of the things we discussed at the meeting were: ongoing SABER Motivation SIG projects and how you can get involved as well as a discussion on how best to help instructors think about how they impact their students' motivation. As always, I appreciate feedback on how you think the SIG meeting went and what can be done to make it better. As we begin to think about 2019 and our plans for SABER 2019 keep an eye out for the Spring 2019 newsletter which should help get you excited about our next Motivation SIG meeting!

~ Michael

At SABER 2017 we had our first Motivation SIG meeting (click here for --> Meeting Program). A short newsletter detailing our meeting and future vision can be found here --> Fall 2017 Newsletter. A big thank you to those who attended! You made the meeting engaging and fruitful. I look forward to future collaborations.



Instructor MotivationPopulations of Interest:
    • K-12
    • College
      • 2-Year
      • 4-Year
        • Pre-Tenure
        • Post-Tenure
  • Post-Doc Motivation
  • Student Motivation
    • K-12
    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate

Constructs of Interest:

  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Mindset Theory
  • Expectancy-Value Theory
  • Grit


Want to suggest another topic to add to the list? Want to suggest website edits/additions and additional resources? 
Email me --> michael_e_moore@baylor.edu
This website and interest group is being maintained by Michael Moore and is recognized as a formal SABER Special Interest Group (SIG) recognized by SABER PI (Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth) and Co-PIs. This group is an extension of SABER's stated mission to foster collaborations among Biology Education Research investigators.


SABER Mission Statement
SABER is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goal of improving biology education. SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination by defining the standards for BER practice, supporting the BER community through training and faculty development programs, and fostering collaborations among BER investigators

SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination by supporting:

  • faculty as they employ scientific methodology in their teaching
  • the generation of evidence-based knowledge to inform teaching practices
  • development of BER training and faculty development programs
  • national BER meetings
  • standards of BER practice and evidence
  • articulation and investigation of what constitutes a deep and meaningful understanding of biology
  • collaborations among BER investigators.