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ERIC Number: ED497147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Fostering Children's Motivation to Learn
White-McNulty, Lisa; Patrikakou, Evanthia N.; Weissberg, Roger P.
Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory
Educators and parents share a common goal: helping children and youth become successful in school and life. The basic principles of social and emotional learning serve as the underlying principles of motivation. Motivation is what stimulates and focuses actions. It is an internal state that can be thought of as "reasons for doing". Needs, thoughts, and emotions each contribute to motivation. Research has shown that motivated students display a commitment to learning that is crucial for academic, social, and emotional development, and that leads to school and life success. By working together, parents and teachers can reinforce messages about the value of education and the importance of doing one's best. Such efforts serve the ultimate goal of helping children become knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and healthy citizens. Specific strategies for fostering motivation in the classroom by focusing on "3 Cs" are discussed: helping students feel (1) Capable; (2) Connected; and (3) in Control.
Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. Temple University, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091. Tel: 800-892-5550; Fax: 215-204-5130; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A