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
     
 

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. See more details below

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

1The future and its discontents1
Prospects for building the future3
The failure to learn: A motivational analysis12
A moral tale24
2Motives as emotions25
Need achievement28
The model: B = M x P x I32
Analysis and critique38
Further educational implications47
3Motives as thoughts50
Cognitions versus emotions51
Analysis and critique59
Educational implications62
Conclusions68
4Self-worth and the fear of failure72
Self-worth theory of achievement motivation74
An arsenal of excuses83
Motivated cognitions and coping95
Conclusions102
5Achievement anxiety104
A brief history105
Integration112
Reducing anxiety121
Conclusions127
6The competitive learning game130
The structure of learning131
Scarcity of rewards135
Competition and minorities150
Conclusions152
7Motivational equity and the will to learn156
The problem157
Solutions159
Global Gambit170
Conclusions181
8Strategic thinking and the will to learn183
What is thinking?184
The evidence191
Strategic problems198
Problem discovery205
The transfer of knowledge207
Analysis and conclusions211
9An immodest proposal216
Serious games217
Playing school224
Schools and jobs236
Prospects and conclusions243
10Obstacles to change: The myths of competition249
The myths of competition250
If not competition, then what?262
Conclusion266
Appendix A. Mastery learning269
Appendix B. Cooperative learning276
References281
Indexes339

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