ERIC Number: ED237449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Purposiveness: A Dimension of the Curriculum To Foster Excellence.
Dickmann, Leonore W.
Self-management theory proposes that an individual organize activities around a set of goals that are carefully considered. These goals can help students develop a positive self-concept which in turn correlates with higher achievement. Primary grade teachers generally have ways in which to help learners see themselves as worthy, while in the middle grades this tapers off. In secondary schools, where subject matter assumes major importance, positive self-concept development often is missing altogether. Educators can do no less for students than to help them value education as a purposeful activity the aim of which is to inspire goal-oriented behavior that allows them to make conscious decisions about themselves and to be in control of their destiny--self-determined, self-directed, and self-committed. At the conclusion of this paper, a five-step plan for motivating purposeful thought is followed by 25 ways to foster purposiveness. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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