Dr. Daniels’ SSHRC-funded research focuses on the experience of motivation and emotions, their antecedents, and their impact across a variety of achievement contexts. She is primarily a quantitative researcher who works from a variety of theoretical lenses including the Control-Value Theory of Emotions, Attribution Theory, Achievement Goal Theory, and Self-Determination Theory. Her overarching objective is to better understand how to support adaptive motivation and emotions thereby contributing to favourable outcomes in school, work, and therapeutic settings.
With her students she is currently pursuing topics such as: Virtual reality interventions to reduce pre-service teacher anxiety; Emotional contagion between teachers and students; Motivations behind sexting; Teachers’ motivational practices; Coping with boredom; Motivational interference with body image; Creating optimally motivating classrooms; Motivation in students with learning disabilities; and Motivation for reading. To support this type of research-rich environment for students, Dr. Daniels directs the Alberta Consortium for Motivation and Emotion (ACME) https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/acme/home
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