Motivation/Emotion Portfolio Assignments
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Motivation/Emotion Portfolio Assignments

General Instructions for the Portfolio

Each student will prepare his or her own portfolio. It will consist of a variety of activities which you will complete during the semester. You will see the outline for it on the Table of Contents of this packet of material (Section II). In section III I have included some other helpful information.

Most items will be scored as I have you do them, using a letter scale so you know where your work lies. The final portfolio grade will be based on the total portfolio, however, using the following guidelines. Overall performance will be considered. Students will benefit by comparing their work to other students. As this is my first time to teach this course I do not yet have examples to share. I am quite willing to look over your work early in the process. Please meet with me and show me drafts if you have concerns or questions. Thoroughness in coverage is typically desirable but thoughtfulness and creativity are also appreciated. If you can follow directions and be thoughtful, you can complete this project successfully. Back to the index

Portfolio evaluation

Date portfolio turned in:_____________ - _____points for lateness

___Body of project is typed (Papers)

___Follows APA style in citations and Bibliography section (as relevant). No plagiarism.

___Title Page

___Table of Contents

___Syllabus Homework

___10 Experiments from the text ___2.1 ___4.1 ___4.2 ___5.1 ___5.2 ___6.1 ___6.2 ___III.1 ___7.1 ___7.2

___ Ch 2 Paper

___ Ch 3 Paper

___ Combined Paper and Re-write

___ Ch 4 Lifespace Paper

___Summary of Portfolio:

Writing skills (poor performance in this category will inevitably be reflected in poorer scores on other topics since ideas are not independent of the structure in which they are found):

___ a. grammatically correct.

___ b. spelling is correct

___ c. The structure is clear. Typically, this is accomplished by beginning each section and paragraph with a statement previewing the content.

___Bibliography if needed (APA Style)

___Overall presentation of information (neat, easy to locate sections, professional in appearance)

____Grade for Portfolio Using following scale.

A Outstanding work in all areas. Shows excellent depth of thought and understanding of concepts from readings and class. Demonstrates clear ability to integrate a wide variety of concepts and theories. Excellent organization of the portfolio.

B Good work in all areas, with excellent work in some areas. Shows thought and understanding of concepts from readings and class. Demonstrates ability to integrate some concepts and theories. Good organization of portfolio.

C One or more areas need additional work to reflect quality. Demonstrates use of some of course concepts and readings with little integration. Good to poor organization of portfolio. Ordinary work relative to classmates.

D Portfolio is missing any key required component. No integration of course concepts. Poor organization of portfolio. Back to the index

Title Page and Table of Contents

Include a title page and table of contents for your portfolio. It should be pleasing to the eye. Please do NOT use those plastic covers for your product. I'll just throw them away. (They make the stack of papers fall over and they never hold the materials together). Back to the index


Each portfolio will include a 1-2 page critical review of your own portfolio and learning process. When you have collected all of your portfolio parts together, read through them. Your summary should state your perception of your level of performance and what in the portfolio reflects that grade. This is not a time for modesty or for unreasonably high estimates. The point of this exercise is being able to critically and accurately self-evaluate-- a key skill for development as a citizen. What does your record say? Don't forget to say what grade you believe your portfolio has earned. Back to the index


Follow APA Style. See APA Primer or check Look under useful web sites and you will see a link to APA crib sheets. Or use the APA Style manual. Back to the index

Syllabus Review

Homework for Class meeting two.

Complete on this page. Type or write legibly please.

This will become part of your portfolio. SAVE IT!

Name: ___________________ Date:_____________

  1. Read the syllabus, skim through the texts.
  2. Write a paragraph or 2 describing your expectations for the class. Mention any special needs you may have as a learner. (If you wish to end the semester with a neater looking portfolio, you may wish to retype this page for turning in.)
  3. List 3 questions about the class you would like to have answered.
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10 "Experiments"

Complete Experiments 2.1 (p. 51), 4.1 (p. 130), 4.2 (p. 144), 5.1 (p. 183), 5.2 (p. 214), 6.1 (p. 241), 6.2 (p. 258), III.1 (p. 295), 7.1 (p. 320-321), and 7.2 (p. 324). Make a copy of the pages and write on the copies. The experiments only take a few moments each. We will be coming back to these experiments throughout the semester. I'll be collapsing the data across the class so you can see what the results are for the class as a group. Put your name on the back of the last page only.

I am not interested in matching responses to an individual. For course credit I will count the number of experiment pages turned in and glance at the pages to see that something is marked. If you are unwilling for personal reasons to complete a particular experiment or question write "99" by it. I will not deduct points for marking an experiment with "99"s. Back to the index

Electronic Discussion Group

After the semester is under way, I will arrange for email accounts for you (if you already have a WKU account you will keep it) and set up an electronic discussion group. Besides posting your examples of chapter concepts (see Papers section below) students may also post potential exam questions, answer, and text page for use on the class exams. These need to be posted at least 5 days in advance of the exam. I reserve the right to edit questions. Back to the index


We all learn better when the material is connected to something that interests us personally. This purpose of this short paper is for you to select a hobby, activity, job setting, current events, etc. that is deeply interesting to you and then to describe the ways various theories of motivation relates to human beings in that setting. (I caution you against selecting your immediate family or significant others as they tend to resent being analyzed and it may impair your future relations).

For Chapters 2 and 3, select one concept and describe how it relates to your selected area.

  1. Begin with a brief (less than 1 paragraph) description of the concept (with a text page citation).
  2. Within 2 pages describe how the motivation concept relates to this area that you really enjoy. You may need to invent a situation that could reasonably occur in that area. Vivid situations are more fun to do and read. A low level paper would be a mere example and 1 to 1 matching of concept with example. A higher level paper will be thoughtful (comparing and contrasting various ideas; pointing out strengths and weaknesses of the example or even the theory; being analytical) and even creative (e.g., doing a thoughtful analysis of a song or image.)
  3. Do select an area on which you enjoy reflecting. That enjoyment shows through in your papers. You may find that one theory relates poorly to your selected area. First, explain why it doesn't relate, then choose another area you enjoy to which a concept from the theory will apply.

For chapter 5 OR chapter 6 (Chapter 4 is discussed below),

  1. Take your chapter 2 or 3 paper and improve the earlier section, using my
  2. editorial comments.
  3. Next discuss a concept (1-2 pages) discussed in Chapter 5 or in 6 using the same general example as in your first paper (modifying it for the new material as needed).
  4. Compare and contrast the ideas (about 1 page).

Papers will be due the week after we are finished discussing the chapter in class. You may choose to turn it in earlier. (Exception, you'll have to turn in the combined paper before we complete Ch 6. See schedule). Back to the index

Extra Credit

You may post a summary of your paper to the electronic discussion group in order to earn extra credit and help everyone study for the exams. For each example (that is, for each of the chapter papers summarized) posted to the electronic discussion group at least 2 days before the exam you can earn extra credit worth 1% on the final course grade, up to a maximum of 3%. (The due date for the exam may precede the due date for the paper). Mention the concept (and reference the page number) then briefly describe your example. To earn credit it must be helpful to other students. If there is a long distance commuter who has difficulty accessing a computer, please talk with me and we'll see what we can work out for you. Back to the index

Ch 4 Life Space Paper

Lewin's theory discusses the concept of life space. For this chapter, please create a visual representation (images are preferred-- you can cut them out of magazines or newspapers or draw them or use clip art) of your life space at a particular point in time. (You may exclude highly personal elements.) In an accompanying brief paper use Lewin's terminology. These instructions will make more sense once you read that chapter. You will be graded on the accuracy with which you capture Lewin's notions, not on the content of your life space. There will be two visual representations and 2 brief papers:

  1. Person: In your paper you will need to describe significant areas of "tension" (and their relative strengths), what the significant regions are for your "self" and the boundaries between those regions.
  2. Environment: In your paper describe the instrumental actions and paths you might take to resolve one of these tensions, the goal object properties that are relevant for you and how distant you are from that goal.

You may rewrite this paper if you wish. It would be due the same time as the combined paper.

For the portfolio include ALL drafts of your chapter papers. Back to the index

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