The Will to Learn: A Guide for Motivating Young People

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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.

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Martin Covington introduces the basic principles of motivation as they apply to classroom learning in a readable, non-technical form and provides strategies for motivating students. Professor Covington argues against the belief that the problems in today's schools stem a from lack of motivation, an d he offers teachers a way to encourage more positive reasons for learning, including struggle for self-improvement, the promotion of personal effort, and the encouragement of creativity over compliance.

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