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Path to Purpose: Promoting purpose, character and good citizenship in the youth

Bill Damon suggests that motivation in students is related to Purpose, where Purpose is a Super-goal, a goal which organizes many other goals, an ultimate concern or goal that is stable and enduring. Arguing that since adolescence is the period when people...
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Summary video: Why Character?

This video asks the question – “what determines character?” and answers “you”. The video provides an overview of the Character development movement, including the VIA classification of 24 key character strengths, the theory of “growth...
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The Puzzle of Motivation

In an engaging Ted talk, Dan Pink makes a case for changing how business is done.  Citing  research on the power of incentives in solving problems, which found that those who got incentives to perform tasks took longer than those who did not. Pink suggests...
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The key to success? Grit

Angela L Duckworth argues that the marker of student success is not IQ but rather “grit”, the ability to take on and complete arduous tasks through sustained effort.   She suggests that in education we need a motivational perspective: the belief...
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Carol Dweck on Growth Mindsets and Motivation

This video focuses on Carol Dweck’s  ground-breaking research  on the new psychology of success, based on the concept of  “growth mindset”. Dweck distinguishes between a “fixed mindset” that considers intelligence as innate and...
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Positive Psychology

This video provides insight into Seligman’s theory of ‘authentic happiness’ as the essence of the field of positive psychology. He suggests that nations should measure “gross national happiness” which, rather than economic growth, determines...
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Teaching Character – the other half of the picture

Character Lab Researcher Andrew Sokatch highlights the importance of character strengths (eg courage, optimism, persistence) that are non-cognitive and are critical for success in school and in life. He expresses concern that schools focus solely on test...
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The Imperative for Lifelong Learning

The annual series of videos entitled Shift Happens, Globalization and the Information Age, Technology and Change cite statistics to make a case  for keeping pace with advances in IT and global progress in order to  stay competitive in a world  in which...
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The Fringe Benefits of Failure & the Importance of Imagination

Commencement Address at Harvard Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) -J.K. Rowling Access Location(s) – Harvard Gazette Publisher/Producers – Harvard University Year of Publishing/Release-2008 User – Students, Teachers,...
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Brene Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities....
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