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The Will to Learn

The Will to Learn
A Guide for Motivating Young People

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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556798

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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.

    • Illustrates how and why traditional teaching methods contribute to student demoralization using the self-worth theory for which he is famous
    • Features a series of exercises at end of each chapter that illustrate the principles of motivation introduced in the text, making them accessible to real practitioners
    • Includes recent research on gender and ethnic differences in motivation and learning in schools, and provides suggestions for encouraging learning among exceptional students
    • Covers in a more accessible way, material and issues raised in Making the Grade CUP (1992)
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556798
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The future and its discontents
    2. Motives as emotions
    3. Motives as thoughts
    4. Self-worth and the fear of failure
    5. The competitive learning game
    6. Motivational equity and the will to learn
    7. Strategic thinking and the will to learn
    8. An immodest proposal
    9. Obstacles to change: the myths of competition
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Martin V. Covington, University of California, Berkeley

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