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.
Structure — From Teacher Authority to Student Autonomy
This chapter considers the benefits provided by the structure driver that supplies the explicit information about how students will achieve the desired outcomes. It discusses how teacher authority needs to gradually be transformed through the use of the Structure gears to student autonomy.
By clearly communicating goals and responding consistently, teachers provide the required level of structure that students need to ensure their security and well-being. Most students, like financial markets, hate uncertainty. Predictability (or predictive ability) lets students know what is coming next and helps develop a sense of control and trust. This is particularly important for emotionally vulnerable students.
For adults the very constraints of work have been ...