You’ve probably heard about the battle between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Well, here’s a new competitor to think about: the concept of the Motivation to Learn. What does this idea have to add to the debate about the best way to get kids to read? What does it have to do with the Bourne Supremacy? Find out this week on The Psych Files.
Resources for this Podcast
- The Think Kids site
- The Center for Collaborative Problem Solving site.
- The book by Ellen Langer that contains the example regarding birth control is not Mindfulness (although that is one of her books), but rather this book by her: The Power of Mindful Learning
Motivation to Learn: Why read? Because learning is worthwhile, important
People are naturally drawn to:
- Puzzles: what would happen if you: went outside your spacecraft without a suit (“Moonraker” vs. “2001”)? Dropped a feather and a brick from the same height? If you were swinging a weight on the end of a string and the string broke. Everyday example: the “Bourne Supremacy”. The concept of the movie pulls you in: you wake up, don’ know where you are or who you are, yet you seem to have the ability to kill people, and people seem to be out to kill you – why?
- Interesting questions: Why did the dinosaurs die out?
- Problems: the scene from “Apollo 13”: “We gotta make one of these… out of this”
- Open-ended questions: Instead of asking “Can you”, ask “How could you”. Langer author of “Mindfulness”: Can you make a birth control pill that could be inhaled through the nose? Vs. How could you make a birth control pill that could be inhaled through the nose?
- Contradictions: “Opposites attract” vs. “Birds of a feather flock together”
- Controversy “Did we really land on the moon?” Examine the angles of the shadows, etc.
- Suspense: Check out Futurelabs
- Guessing (with no fear of public embarrassment)