New research challenges the idea that motivation at school is down to the individual, and that kids either have it, or not. “When we talk of motivation, we are usually talking about something that is linked to individuals. We say, ‘he is very motivated,’ or ‘he’s a little motivated’. We need to talk about motivation in a different way. Motivation is created in students in conjunction with the school,” says Mette Pless, an associate professor at the Center for Youth Research at Aalborg University. Pless and colleagues have just completed a major research project about motivation in students, aged 13 to 15. Their findings were published in a book earlier this year.
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