Making the Grade: A Self-Worth Perspective on Motivation and School Reform / Edition 1

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Overview

Students utilize a variety of techniques to avoid failure, ranging from cheating to setting easily obtained goals. This study analyzes educational implications derived from self-worth theory in reference to current educational dilemmas.
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"...very readable, insightful, and sensible. It offers a framework for curriculum planning, raises questions concerning what should be the goals of education and suggests some meaningful ways schools can prepare students for the future...provides a valuable discussion of the motivation issues that need greater attention in debates on school reform." Judith L. Meece, Educational Researcher

"An extensive and thoughtful conversation about achievement behavior (motivation). It is a book that is hard to put down if one is seriously inquiring into the topic." Choice

"...presents a good compilation of the author's research over the last 20 years. The book is very readable, insightful, and sensible. It offers a framework for curriculum planning, raises questions concerning what should be the goals of education, and suggests some meaningful ways schools can prepare students for the future....a valuable discussion of the motivation issues that need greater attention in debates on school reform." Educational Researcher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521348034
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The future and its discontents 1
Prospects for building the future 3
The failure to learn: A motivational analysis 12
A moral tale 24
2 Motives as emotions 25
Need achievement 28
The model: B = M x P x I 32
Analysis and critique 38
Further educational implications 47
3 Motives as thoughts 50
Cognitions versus emotions 51
Analysis and critique 59
Educational implications 62
Conclusions 68
4 Self-worth and the fear of failure 72
Self-worth theory of achievement motivation 74
An arsenal of excuses 83
Motivated cognitions and coping 95
Conclusions 102
5 Achievement anxiety 104
A brief history 105
Integration 112
Reducing anxiety 121
Conclusions 127
6 The competitive learning game 130
The structure of learning 131
Scarcity of rewards 135
Competition and minorities 150
Conclusions 152
7 Motivational equity and the will to learn 156
The problem 157
Solutions 159
Global Gambit 170
Conclusions 181
8 Strategic thinking and the will to learn 183
What is thinking? 184
The evidence 191
Strategic problems 198
Problem discovery 205
The transfer of knowledge 207
Analysis and conclusions 211
9 An immodest proposal 216
Serious games 217
Playing school 224
Schools and jobs 236
Prospects and conclusions 243
10 Obstacles to change: The myths of competition 249
The myths of competition 250
If not competition, then what? 262
Conclusion 266
Appendix A. Mastery learning 269
Appendix B. Cooperative learning 276
References 281
Indexes 339
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