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The Will to Learn : A Guide for Motivating Young People - Martin V. Covington

The Will to Learn

A Guide for Motivating Young People

Paperback Published: 28th December 1998
ISBN: 9780521556798
Number Of Pages: 332

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Martin Covington introduces the basic principles of motivation in a readable, nontechnical form as they apply to classroom learning. He argues against the popular notion that the problems existing in schools today stem primarily from a lack of student motivation. Instead, he asserts that students are motivated, but often for the wrong reasons. Traditional teaching methods, including conventional grading procedures and an emphasis on competition, can contribute to student demoralization, and Covington identifies the ways in which students respond to misguided incentives. The book suggests practical, concrete ways that teachers can transform classroom incentives into a positive desire to learn. It features a series of illustrative exercises at the end of each chapter and includes the latest research on gender and ethnic differences in motivation and learning in schools.

The future and its discontents
Motives as emotions
Motives as thoughts
Self-worth and the fear-of-failure
The competitive learning game
Motivational equity and the will to learn
Strategic thinking and the will to learn
An immodest proposal
Obstacles to change: the myths of competition
Epilogue
Appendices
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ISBN: 9780521556798
ISBN-10: 0521556791
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 28th December 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.47