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.
Current Thinking about Motivation
Motivation is an overworked and loosely used term, an umbrella term for describing all questions about why we think and behave as we do. As motivation is perhaps even more important than our ability in determining our achievement, it is important that it is understood. Motivation deals with the why of behaviour, a question that teachers often ask students. The word motivation comes from motive, which derives from the Latin movere meaning to move. Motivation is the sum of all that moves a person to action. To motivate means you provide a student with a motive to do something.
For the purposes of this book motivation is thought of specifically in terms of the desire to learn ...