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.

Summary and Conclusions

Summary and Conclusions
Summary and conclusions

This final chapter summarizes the main arguments, recaps on the drivers and mindsets, and, finally, draws some conclusions.

Motivating from Inside

Motivation for learning comes ideally from inside. Self-motivation is a door that can only be unlocked from the inside. Students are on the lookout for information about the self that shapes their thoughts that, in turn, are the main driving forces behind their approach to learning. Teachers cannot motivate students directly but self-motivation paradoxically cannot be achieved alone and needs support from teachers. Teachers and schools spend an ever-increasing amount of effort trying to directly motivate students from the outside. A more effective approach is to motivate from the inside by using students’ positive states to draw them into learning. This ...

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