Educational success – A pathway to happiness and well-being?

success in education

Educational success – A pathway to happiness and well-being? The strong emphasis on succeeding in education through high grades, test scores and public recognition may be driving teachers and their students to adopt an extrinsic motivating style. There is nothing wrong with trying to succeed at the things we do, although some research suggests that…

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Deliberate or self-determined: Motivation for music student practice

Deliberate or self-determined

Deliberate or self-determined: Motivation for music student practice   Deliberate or self-determined: Motivation for music student practice. Ever wondered how to motivate your music students to practice? What should you say, what should you do? Importantly, what does current research say about music student motivation? Lay theories of motivation which guide some of us in…

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Reward typologies

Music studio teaching

Reward typologies I have written previously why rewarding students in music lessons may not foster true intrinsic motivation. Rewards are complex phenomena and there is more to rewards. According to self-determination theory, rewards are evaluated by students in several ways. These evaluations add some level of prediction about the effect or rewards for students.

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Using extrinsic rewards in the music studio

What predicts level of expertise attained

Using extrinsic rewards in the music studio Studio teachers may employ a variety of techniques to motivate students. These may involve stickers, games, and other incentives to improve the motivation and engagement of the student during the lesson and for practice over the coming week. In essence, teachers are trying to motivate via reward. This…

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Autonomy support

Courtesy: Richard Lee

Autonomy support My writing on this blog revolves mostly around student motivation. More precisely the events or behaviours that can affect student motivation. I write from a self-determination perspective and one of the important factors in motivating students according to self-determination theory is the support of autonomy. Autonomy in self-determination theory is a psychological need,…

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