Motivation

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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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A Developmental Framework for Young Adult Success

Findings from ground-breaking research by the University of Chicago Consortium for School Reform on preparing adolescents for success in college, career and life. Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) – The University of Chicago’s...
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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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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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Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning.

This seminal article developed by the Stanford group of leading researchers in the area of cognitive and non-cognitive development of students discusses the importance of focusing on not only cognitive factors—what is taught and how it is taught—but...
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