Magno Barbosa Dias Maria Cristina Martins Penido About the authors


Throughout this study, arguments are presented about the idea of Physics learning motivation. This discussion, raised in the undergraduate course of Physics, lead to the following question: Is the motivation something the students already have with themselves or is it a quality that they develop during the course? Considering this question, the purpose of this article is to discuss ideas about the motivation of human nature as a contribution for teaching activities. The discussion is based on studies about human activities and defends the idea that the motivation for scientific knowledge should be developed from very early school levels. The meaning of motivation is deepened through principle-based concept analysis. In conclusion, the study points to the existence of different motivations between high school and higher education students in Physics, indicating the need for Teacher Training and Scientific Initiation for this educational transition.

Motivation; Teaching; Physics.

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