Why Mastery Matters

Research shows motivation to learn is facilitated by a mastery approach to learning, and deeper learning occurs when mastery is the goal.

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I read much of the extensive existing research on motivation and mastery, e.g., http://www.howyouthlearn.org/research_motivation&mastery.html, which led me to think about ways I might help educators to motivate students to learn in ways that makes them feel empowered so they can achieve their fullest potential.

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I love this article! There is so much overlap with the Dan Pink's Ted Talk on intrinsic motivators and the importance of value. Makes me think that making content relevant and meaningful is core to self-directed learning. Thanks for sharing! Here's my post!

https://collaborate.teachersguild.org/challenge/how-might-we-empower-students-to-drive-their-learning-and-authentically-demonstrate-mastery/empathize/dan-pink-shares-how-motivation-drives-mastery

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Great Molly! Did the intersection of the two ideas inspire any brainstorming? If yes, please share!

Photo of Alysha English

Thanks for your contribution Saro Mohammed  and what a great resource! Can't wait to see what ideas this research sparked for you. I love that you used the word "empowered". I think creating spaces where our students feel empowered plays such a key role in students driving their own learning. Love this!