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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-4977


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Contemporary foreign studies in preschoolers’ motivation development 2043


Nazarenko V.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Preschool Defectology and Speech Therapy, Moscow Social Pedagogical Institute, Moscow, Russia

The article presents the review of contemporary foreign studies related to the problem of motivation development in preschoolers. The bigger part of these publications is focused on the study of achievement motivation in terms of preschoolers’ learning and their readiness for school education. The data analyzed in the article indicates the influence of child motivation on his/her academic achievement. The results of the studies demonstrate that the practice of preschool education centered on a child, his/her needs and interests as well as child social competence positively correlate with formation of child interest to systematic school study. Promoting to child motivational development is thus the substantial task of preschool education.

Keywords: motivation; preschool age; readiness for school education

Column: Developmental psychology

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