Talk:Motivation and emotion/Book/2013/Volunteer motivation

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Hi Bilbo, hope you are going well with your topic. I am interested to read this on a personal level as I do a lot of volunteer work with Vinnies, so I am looking forward to having a read of what you find out. I was just having a think about it after I saw this and I think social motivation is a huge factor for a lot of people, it definitely is in my area of work. In terms of the work we do within the wider community, but also in terms of the community that is established among volunteers. I have met some of my closest friends through Vinnies and I think it's because we actually achieve something together that feels meaningful. Another thing I was thinking about was why people continue to volunteer. Recently I went to a training weekend for Vinnies and we were asked to think about why we started volunteering in the first place, and why we keep coming back. Everyone had really different answers, so it could be interesting to look at the fulfilment, sense of purpose and social contribution people feel from volunteering. I don't know if this is particularly helpful, but i thought maybe some info from the perspective of a volunteer might be interesting! Jen.Robson (discusscontribs) 11:14, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Hey Bilbo.. I'm pretty interested in your topic because I think it somewhat relates to mine (organ donation). So I found a couple of articles which I think would be really helpful for you.. Particularly the second one as it talks about specific demographics; who volunteers in whagt ways and why.. Get cracka-lackin! Good luck :) The Motivations to Volunteer: Theoretical and Practical Considerations

An integrated theory of volunteer work

Angela.Watt (discusscontribs) 00:05, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Hey! I've found a really good article called What Motivates Which Volunteers? Psychographic Heterogeneity Among Volunteers in Australia. I think this will be good to gain a few topic areas and further references. Here the link hope it helps you out. Article- What motivates which volunteers? Verity Foster-Greenwood (discusscontribs) 01:59, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Hello! I was thinking that with your chapter you could use some real world examples like volunteer programs in Asia and Africa, thprogram help with building homes and school as well as teaching education amongst the people. Other than that you could also use things like the 40 hour famine, although it isn't a form of volunteering, it is still a huge project in which people volunteer their time. Hope this helps! Good luck! (discuss) 02:36, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi Bilbo

This may be at the 11th hour so to speak; however, I thought it my be interesting to consider why people volunteer to do perilous work that involves risking their lives for that of others for scant reward, for example the Rural Fire Service (RFS). The RFS operates primarily with a contingency of volunteers who risk their lives on the fire front, leaving their families and homes to save that of stangers. I read in the paper that in the recent Blue Mountains bush fires a number of serving and retired Police Officers lost their own homes while they were fighting these fires as volunteers with the RFS. I undersand this was also the case in the 2003 Canberra bush fires. Good luck Rosey0703 (discusscontribs)

Hi, You may be able to look at altruism and persuasion as methods of motivating volunteer behaviour. Empathy based altruism is a good one. This might be useful: Florence21 (discusscontribs)

Hi, your chapter is looking great. Its an awesome topic which I found personally interesting as I do some volunteer work. In terms of some formatting suggestions, It was pointed out to me that the headings are meant to be in lower case E.G: Motivation to volunteer rather than Motivation to Volunteer, Also, I like the red colour that you have on the background but it may be better used as a highlighting tool to make certain areas really stick out rather than over the whole chapter. Really good job and best of luck :) Kelseyv23 (discusscontribs) 02:41, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Oral Presentation ideas[edit]

Hi there, was listening to some oral presentations today in social psych regarding getting more people to volunteer. Some of their ideas on how to recruit and also keep volunteers included regular interpersonal contact and communication and also external rewards such as travel and unique experiences or opportunities. Not sure if you were looking at covering the reasons why people choose not to volunteer especially young people but one reason todays group covered involved the bystander effect and more specifically thinking that other people will volunteer and therefore they do not need to. Hope this helps cheers Michael Barrington (discusscontribs) 13:12, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

Link to intrinsic motivation[edit]

Hi :) Thank you for your comment - I think volunteer motivation and intrinsic motivation mesh together very well. Of course I don't mind you linking my page to yours! I went to go ahead and do it, but you beat me to it. Your page is looking great - I look forward to having a proper read of it soon. All the best --Jacki Ball (discusscontribs) 03:47, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Oxytocin and empathy[edit]

Hi, I'm writing my chapter on oxytocin and emotion and am going to briefly discuss volunteering and how it can be motivated by the empathy created by oxytocin. Just thought I'd suggest adding something about oxytocin as it seems to play a big role in helping behaviours like volunteering and charity etc. :) - Clarev (discusscontribs) 06:45, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Heading casing[edit]

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FYI, the convention on Wikiversity is for lower-cased headings. For example, use:

==Cats and dogs==

rather than

==Cats and Dogs==

-- Jtneill - Talk - c 06:22, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

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A very engaging and useful chapter, well done.


The chapter had some good theoretical coverage, well done. For future improvement, engage in critical analysis of the theories


The chapter explored some interesting research, good job. For future improvement, include critical analysis of the literature. I think it would benefit the chapter to have a section on how to get motivated yourself motivated to volunteer, as well as how to recruit.

Written expression[edit]

The chapter had some written expression issues, a thorough edit before submission can help this.

The learning features were great, well done. The APA style was generally solid, good job. Remember to apply APA style to all figures and include DOI or web address for each ref. Great effort!Courtney.reis (discusscontribs)

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Overall a good effort, well done

Structure and content[edit]

The presentation had good coverage of the theory and self help application included in the chapter. For future improvement, expand to cover relevant research studies


The presentation made good use of powerpoint and images, well done. It was well paced. For future improvement perhaps include a case study to further engage the viewer

Production quality[edit]

The quality of the presentation was sound, well done. The audio quality was great. Remember to include references and licensing information. Great effort! Courtney.reis (discusscontribs)