The Theory And Methods Of Motivation

2979 Words Aug 21st, 2014 12 Pages
Having grown up as the youngest of three boys, each of whom had vastly different educational experiences, I have always been intrigued with the concepts and methods of motivation. My two older brothers were adopted in 1970 and 1972 and when my mother “accidentally” got pregnant with me in 1974, my parents were destined to raise three boys with three completely different genetic and psychological make-ups. My oldest brother failed to make it out of eleventh grade despite scoring high on aptitude tests. He had significant behavioral issues and was constantly in trouble with the law. My middle brother had mild dyslexia and emotional problems that later in his adult life was diagnosed as ADHD. Looking back, low self-efficacy and learned helplessness was rampant in the psychology of my brothers within the classroom. Schoolwork was a major struggle and they failed to place value on success or failure. They were not motivated to perform in school despite being raised in a supportive, loving family. And so I have always wondered, why? Did their teachers accept their habituation as laziness and fail to explore different motivating techniques? Could my parents have done more? Why are some children more motivated than others?
As I set out to construct the framework for this clinical interview project, I had originally planned on exploring the concept of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in middle school children with respect to the role teachers can and should play in…
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