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

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

by Martin V. Covington
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521342619

ISBN-13: 9780521342612

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521342612
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Future and its Discontents: Prospects for building the future; The failure to learn: A motivational analysis; A moral tale; Part II. Motives as Emotions: Need achievement; The model: B = M x P x I; Analysis and critique; Further educational implications; Part III. Motives as thoughts: Cognitions versus emotions; Analysis and critique; Educational implications; Conclusions; Part IV. Self-Worth and the Fear of Failure: Self-worth theory of achievement motivation; An arsenal of excuses; Motivated cognitions and coping; Conclusions; Part V. Achievement Anxiety: A brief history; Integration; Reducing anxiety; Conclusions; Part VI. The Competitive Learning Game: The structure of learning; Scarcity of rewards; Competition and minorities; Conclusions; Part VII. Motivational Equity and the Will to Learn: The problem; Solutions; Global gambit; Conclusions; Part VIII. Strategic Thinking and the Will to Learn: What is thinking?; The evidence; Strategic problems; Problem discovery; The transfer of knowledge; Analysis and conclusions; Part IX. An Immodest Proposal: Serious games; Playing school; Schools and jobs; Prospects and conclusions; Part X. Obstacles to Change: The myths of competition; If not competition, then what?; Conclusions; Appendices; References; Index.

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