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ERIC Number: EJ950414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Rethinking What Motivates and Inspires Students
Bowman, Richard
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n6 p264-269 2011
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, contemporary behavioral scientists contend that exceptional educators provide students with a contextual sense of their intrinsic worth by creating academic environments that engage three overarching human needs: "autonomy," the freedom to make choices and determine one's future; "mastery," the ability to learn and develop expertise; and "purpose," the quest for meaning in one's life. The primary question today is no longer "How can students be inspired and motivated?" but rather "How can educators be deterred from diminishing--even destroying--intrinsic student motivation and classroom morale through unproductive policies and practices?"
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Language: English
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