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

ISBN-10: 052134803X
ISBN-13: 9780521348034
Edition: 1992
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List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/24/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Achievement behavior in schools can be understood best in terms of students' attempts to maintain a positive self-image. For many students, expending effort is frightening because a combination of effort and failure implies low ability. They have a variety of techniques for avoiding failure, ranging from cheating to setting goals that are so easily achieved that no risk is involved. Although teachers usually reward achievement and punish lack of effort, for many students risking the sense of defeat that comes from trying hard and not succeeding is too daunting. In Making the Grade, Martin Covington extracts powerful educational implications from self-worth theory and other contemporary views that will be useful for educators, parents, and all people concerned with the educational dilemmas we face.

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

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