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ERIC Number: EJ786748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
The Sense of the Worthy as a Motivation for Studying: The Case of the Yeshiva
Nisan, Mordecai; Shalif, Yishai
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v37 n4 p363-394 Dec 2006
This paper describes a type of motivation for studying that has not been accorded sufficient psychological consideration--namely, motivation based on belief in the worthiness of the subject matter. This sort of motivation is distinguished from both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It is exemplified by the motivation for studying at the Yeshiva, an institution in which the sense of the worthy is explicitly highlighted. Interviews with highly motivated Yeshiva students reveal that the sense of the worthy is central to them and also constitutes an anchor to other types of motivations for studying. We point out two factors that enhance the effect of the sense of the worthy at the Yeshiva--its ethical orientation and its being a total institution. The interviews suggest that being motivated by the sense of the worthy does not lessen the students' feelings of autonomy or their intrinsic motivation. We suggest two intervening variables between having a sense of the worthy and acting accordingly--the associated feelings and the individual's sense of identity. By examining two important motivations for studying--the needs for achievement and self-actualization--we point out the influence of culture on the expression of these needs. Finally, we suggest that the sense of the worthy can and should serve as an important motivational factor in liberal education as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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