An evaluation of the integrative model for learning and motivation in the college classroom

Chantal Levesque-Bristol, K. Andrew R. Richards*, Angelika Zissimopoulos, Cong Wang, Shi Yu

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Grounded in self-determination theory, the integrative model for learning and motivation examines how student motivational processes link to course outcomes, including perceived knowledge transferability. This investigation sought to evaluate the tenets of the integrative model that link the classroom climate, basic psychological needs satisfaction, and self-regulated motivation to perceived knowledge transferability. Participants included 4385 students (2185 females, 2200 males) enrolled in courses across a variety of disciplines at a large university in the U.S. Midwest. The students completed a cross-sectional survey, and the data analysis process proceeded using factor analytic and structural equation modeling procedures. Results indicate that the data were a good fit for the model, C3(342) = 6691.75, p <.001, RMSEA =.08, SRMR =.05, TLI =.94, CFI =.95. Developing student-centered learning environments is integral to enhancing motivation and perceptions of knowledge transferability through the satisfaction of students’ need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Basic psychological needs
  • Higher education
  • Learning climate
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Student motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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