Teacher motivation paper wins award

Associate Profesors Helen Watt and Paul Richardson

Associate Professors Helen Watt and Paul Richardson

Two Monash academics have been recognised for their research into teacher motivation, winning a prized publishing award. Associate Professors Helen Watt and Paul Richardson have been chosen as Outstanding Author Contribution Award winners at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011. 

The awards are presented by Emerald, a leading publisher of research influencing business, public policy and education.  The paper, titled ‘Current and future directions in teacher motivation research’ was acknowledged as one of the most impressive pieces of work Emerald’s editor had seen in 2010.

Associate Professor Richardson said they wrote the chapter over many months.

"It was something of a struggle to meet the deadline set by the editors. At the time of submission we were pleased to have it completed, and it wasn't until the book came out that I was able to evaluate properly what we had done. We were delighted to be told of the award," Associate Professor Richardson said.

Associate Professor Watt said it was a wonderful surprise to receive the award.

“We are greatly honoured by the recognition. Our chapter reported on the emerging body of theoretically-driven and empirical work concerning teacher motivation, including our own work, which was part of the impetus for these new approaches and research, and the directions which we foresee this research agenda will head in the future,” Associate Professor Watt said.

“We began this work back in 2001, funding our research expenses out of our own pockets for a number of years, because we believed that we were developing a research program that was very worthwhile.”

More than a decade into their collaboration, their teacher research program has been recognised on numerous occasions. They have two ARC Discovery Grants, visiting scholar and conference keynote invitations, high-impact publications, international research collaborators, and their scales have been widely translated for use in other countries.


You can read more about the program of research at www.fitchoice.org