The dark side of motivators

motivation

After psychological misconceptions, here is another great article warning against the danger of popular psychology in the classroom. It seems that when we focus too much on motivation, we may be putting the cart before the horse. The author quotes: “At the end of the day, the research reviewed shows that the effect of achievement on self-concept is stronger that the effect of self-concept on achievement.” In other words, telling students that they are amazing is not helpful, we should teach them to become amazing instead.

As an added bonus, the article leads to a very interesting term and another article about it: ‘negative capability’. Apparently, this is how educators should function — hold opposing views in their mind without conflict and choose what is best for their particular context. Nice!

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