Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Operating Room and Anesthesiology, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Nursing Care Research Center (NCRC), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran


Motivation is one of the key factors in educational achievement. Like any other field of study, motivation
in nursing is highly critical. The instructor’s knowledge about the teaching methods that are effective
in academic motivation of students enables them to adopt proper measures to improve the teaching
efficiency. The present paper is a systemic review of the efficiency of instructional interventions in
improvement of academic motivation in nursing students. The published papers related to the study
from 2000 to February 2020 were searched at different databases such as PubMed, Scopus, Web
of Science, PsycInfo, and ERIC. To examine the quality of the articles, critical appraisal instrument
for reports of educational interventions was used. Totally, 18 articles entered the study for structured
review. The majority of the articles reported that educational interventions improved academic
motivation in nursing students. The effective teaching methods described in the reviewed articles
that led to an improvement in academic motivation were simulation, case‑based learning, cooperative
learning, learning contract, peer assessment, and self‑assessment using video typing. As the findings
showed, implementation of applied and participatory methods in teaching process improved the
academic motivation of nursing students. Therefore, using such methods, nursing instructors can
improve the academic motivation of their students.


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