Mechanisms of Motivation

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We teach aspects of the psychology of motivated behaviors using the "problem-based" and "structured activity-learning" methods that are rapidly gaining credence as effective instructional approaches, especially in teaching medicine-related courses. Our approach with this text attempts to: provide students with structured challenges; foster independent thought by encouraging students to solve the challenges without external aid; allow students to attempt to solve the challenges as they see fit; emphasize that ...
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We teach aspects of the psychology of motivated behaviors using the "problem-based" and "structured activity-learning" methods that are rapidly gaining credence as effective instructional approaches, especially in teaching medicine-related courses. Our approach with this text attempts to: provide students with structured challenges; foster independent thought by encouraging students to solve the challenges without external aid; allow students to attempt to solve the challenges as they see fit; emphasize that the number of different approaches made in solution of the posed challenges is often far more important than the speed or accuracy with which the solution is arrived at; and provide ample encouragement.

We do not spoon-feed students, but expect them to fend for themselves. This text is terse; some of the questions posed are ambiguous; some information may be missing; there is a proscription against seeking aid except in discourse with fellow students; there is a lack of supplemental explanations; there are no summaries or teaching objectives in the text; rather the student is asked to supply and deduce these, respectively...In short, we are standing current accepted practice on its head.

It works. In fact, many students find the experience, though very demanding, also liberating, energizing and empowering. Their intellectual capabilities are respected and their problem-solving abilities developed. This is what they expected higher education to be about.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781412012300
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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The author, Georg Schulze's background in chemical engineering, physiological psychology, biomolecular chemistry, and neuroscience along with interests in anthropology and sociology has given him ample practice in the art of synthesis, innovation, and lateral thinking. He has come to understand their value for the interpretation of recorded fact, advancement of understanding, and generation of new insights. He has discovered, too, that many students, especially those of inquisitive disposition, indeed crave the challenge of innovation and the opportunity to develop intellectual independence.

His coauthor, Michael Mariano, is one such former student and brings with him the perspective of the student's experience, both personally, and as tutor to other students in later classes. They have developed 'Mechanisms of Motivation" as an instructional tool to foster independence of thought and creativity of mind in a disciplined and reasoned manner within the context of teaching the psychology of motivational behaviors.
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