Margery Ginsberg’s Publications

Margery Ginsberg’s Books

Excited to Learn



Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn

My books are written for two groups of people: K-12 professional developers, teachers, educators, and post-secondary and post-secondary faculty developers and faculty.

The central idea of my books is that an intrinsic theory of motivation represents and serves the interests of all learners, within and across cultural groups, in educational settings and beyond. When learners feel respected by and connected to others while learning, when they endorse or determine relevant learning, and when they engage in challenging and authentic experiences that enhance their effectiveness in what they value, they learn.

However, instruction that supports the educational attainment of students from diverse backgrounds is a highly nuanced endeavor in which culture, motivation, and instructional design are inseparable concerns (Gay, 2010; Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007; Kitayama & Markus, 1994, Geertz, 1973).

Ginsberg’s most recent books are Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching All Adults, 4th Edition (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2017), Excited to Learn: Motivation and Culturally Responsive Teaching (Corwin Press, 2015), Transformative Professional Learning (Corwin Press, 2011), Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction that Motivates Learning  (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010) and Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2009), which won the 2011 Cyril O. Houle Award for outstanding literature in adult education. Ginsberg’s work provides the foundational material for two video series: Motivation: The Key to Teaching and Learning (ASCD), and Motivation for All Students (School Improvement Network).

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Margery’s articles are written for practicing educators who want to discover – through their own research – new ways to reach students with whom they may not have previously been effective and are available online and for downloads.

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The featured videos show how schools use an motivational approach to innovate profession development. Videos include lesson study, shadowing students, community walks, data-in-a-day with students and families, and classroom visits with teachers.

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