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.

What Drives Motivation?

What Drives Motivation?
What drives motivation?

This chapter presents a model of the key classroom features or drivers and explains how they work together to influence student motivation.

We first discuss the key human motives that underpin and illustrate the centrality of the two dimensions of the motivation model.

Balancing Contradictory Motives
Being the Same and Different

We want to be the same as everyone else but also want to be different from others. We reconcile these conflicting goals by identifying with the common features within an ‘in-group’ and this oneness is reinforced by rejecting the differences of a common enemy or an ‘out-group’ (Brewer, 1991). This process is enacted through the Relationships Dimension. Our social identity derives from this basic tension between our need for affirmation from, and similarity ...

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