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ERIC Number: EJ971415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
A Better Way to Motivate Achievement
Parker, Dennis
Leadership, v41 n4 p32-34 Mar-Apr 2012
Many low income, minority schools in California are within 100 points of closing the achievement gap, a prize worth working for no matter how inconvenient, uncomfortable, or risky. In this article, the author describes a better way to motivate educators to try new things that will accelerate student learning and close the achievement gap. The author cites a book by Daniel Pink ("Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us") that reveals two sets of condition that motivate people. Pink's book outlines an alternative set of three elements or conditions that do a much better job of motivating individuals intrinsically to try hard, do their best, be successful at whatever they undertake, and do so willingly. These elements are autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California