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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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