Spotlight on Motivation

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On Motivation


The Education Week Spotlight on Motivation is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Tips for what works and what doesn't when it comes to motivating students
  • creating a college-going culture
  • Getting boys to read
  • Increasing girls' involvement and interest in science, technology, math, and engineering
  • Motivating middle school students
  • The debate on using money to motivate student performance
  • Using work-based learning programs to motivate high school students

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As the national drumbeat for college readiness grows louder, policymakers and scholars trumpet the potent role that a school’s “college-going culture” can play.
June 5, 2009 - Education Week

Children’s authors offered teachers and librarians advice on getting boys to love reading, including featuring more humorous books.
July 2, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week

Researchers are identifying just what aspects of digital game building and design appeal to girls and how such interest might encourage more of them to pursue careers in high-tech fields.
September 23, 2009 - Digital Directions

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A decade after a national group formed to put more rigor into middle schools, educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies.
March 18, 2008 - Education Week

Some observers are concerned that money-for-achievement programs actually decrease students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and send mixed messages about studying.
February 8, 2008 - Education Week

Hoping to motivate more California students to finish high school and find future success, the James Irvine Foundation last week announced a new center aimed at expanding work-based learning programs that integrate high-level academics.
April 11, 2006 - Education Week

Psychology professors Edward L. Deci and Carol Dweck and middle school teacher Susan Graham discussed what works and what doesn't work to motivate students to do better in the classroom.
August 30, 2006 - Education Week (Web)

Stanley Pogrow says that what he calls “outrageous” approaches to teaching can boost motivation and coax reluctant learners to get involved.
July 13, 2009 - Education Week

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