The dark side of motivators


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!

One thought on “The dark side of motivators

  1. Pingback: The best motivator in the world | Kate's Crate

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s