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The Motivated School
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The Motivated School

First Edition
  • Alan McLean - Principal Psychologist, Glasgow City Council, Educational Services

October 2003 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Some students don't achieve their full potential, while others of similar ability achieve more than predicted. This book shows how important students' motivational mindsets can be in influencing the way they learn. The author brings together evidence from recent research, shows how successful learning contexts can be created, and provides real-life suggestions for teachers working with disengaged learners.


 
PART ONE: THE MOTIVATION DRIVERS
 
Introduction
The Need for Change

 
The Transitional Reward Culture

 
Towards a Culture of Autonomy

 
The Motivating School

 
Aims of the Book

 
 
Current Thinking About Motivation
What is Motivation?

 
The Functions of Motivation

 
From Theory to Practice

 
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

 
Self-Determination

 
Moving from External Regulation to Self-Determination

 
 
What Drives Motivation?
Balancing Contradictory Motives

 
The Drivers and Dimensions

 
How the Model Works

 
Conclusions

 
 
PART TWO: THE MOTIVATION MINDSETS: HOW TEACHERS MAKE SENSE OF STUDENTS' MOTIVATION
 
Ideas about Ability, Explanations of Progress and Attitudes towards Achievement
Ideas about Ability

 
Explanations of Progress

 
Attitudes towards Achievement

 
 
The Real `Feel-Good' Factor - Self-Efficacy in Goal Achievement
What about Self-Esteem?

 
The Puzzle of Self-Esteem

 
A Better Way to Build Confidence

 
How the Mindsets Work Together

 
The Role of Self-Esteem in Motivating Learning

 
The Complete Motivation Model

 
 
The Power of Learning Goals
The Benefits of Learning Goals

 
 
PART THREE: THE DRIVERS IN ACTION
 
Engagement - Creating Learning Relationships
What is Engagement?

 
 
Structure - From Teacher Authority to Student Autonomy
What is Structure?

 
 
Stimulation - Effective Teaching and Learning
What is Task Value?

 
 
Learning Through Feedback
What is Feedback?

 
Dealing with Failure

 
Self-Evaluation Checklists

 
 
PART FOUR: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
 
Motivating Boys and Girls
Male and Female Type Motives

 
Social Worlds

 
Attitudes to Achievement and Explanations of Progress

 
Self-Esteem

 
Gender-Specific Driver Applications

 
 
The Motivating School
Introduction

 
Leadership

 
The Management Motive

 
Staff Affirmation and Empowerment

 
Management Mindsets and Drivers

 
The Motivating School Culture

 
The Physical Environment

 
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
Motivating from the Inside
Conclusions

 

`The Motivated School is an important book. It addresses a number of key issues which are central to Scottish educational policy, including Better Behaviour: Better Learning, Inclusion and Raising Attainment. It is also a controversial book, challenging as it does "woolly thinking" on issues such as self-esteem, rewards and motivation to learn' - Scottish Education Review


Ideal for those starting out in their careers as a manager in an educational institution. Some basic and fundamental ideas are developed in an understandable and informative manner.

Mr Kevin Walter
Computing, Gloucestershire Univ.
September 16, 2014

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