Weekly Digest #78: How to Motivate Children to Learn
We sometimes get asked about how to improve the motivation to learn in students. As cognitive psychologists, we know a lot about learning strategies and ways to increase learning performance. However, motivation falls into a different research discipline: Our colleagues in educational psychology know all about motivation. Motivation to learn is a key for self-regulated studying and in today’s digest we put together some resources that explain determinants for study motivation in young children.
1. Teach Your Child to Love Learning: Keys to Kids’ Motivation by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, @psychauthormom
The most influential theory on motivation was proposed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. The looked at factors that would increase people’s intrinsic motivation – motivation that comes from within the person because the person really wants to do something. In this post, the author outlines ways to build this intrinsic motivation based on the model by Deci and Ryan. Another post that uses the same motivation model to describe Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves the same model is one by Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo).
In this post, Annie Murphy Paul briefly describes six human aspects of motivation that can be used as starting point for creating learning settings that trigger study motivation in children. One of the points (point 4) is one of the six learning strategies, namely concrete examples.
3. Fostering Motivation in Kids with Learning and Attention Problems by Great Schools, @GreatSchool
Here the focus is more on children with attention deficits. Plus, it is written from a parents’ perspective. Thus, what can parents do to help struggling children to enjoy learning more and to overcome frustrations.
This post focuses more on the emotional aspects of motivation and points out factors that can help increase study motivation. One of the points mentions Carol Dweck’s mindset theory and we have written a digest about this controversial theory a while ago; see here.
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