Michael Griffin gets to the heart of advancing educational goals through an understanding of motivation.
Why is it that some people achieve so much more than others? This simple question is one of the big concerns for education. Essentially though, it is motivation that underpins people’s choices and actions. Motivation is the fuel of human behaviour; nothing gets done without it. It is motivation that creates in us a desire to overcome obstacles, to persist beyond the boundaries of comfort, and to achieve beyond ours and others wildest expectations. Therefore, an understanding of how motivation works must be an overarching concern for parents and educators.
In her studies on achievement motivation, Harvard’s Teresa Amabile found the greatest motivational factor to be progress. People just love to get better at what they do. When progress stalls, most people give up.
An even greater level of motivation occurs when people believe they can make progress through their own efforts rather than because of external factors. For this autonomous…
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