Essay The Importance of Motivation
Motivation is perhaps the most crucial element of a child’s education. According to Michael B. Brown, Ph. D at East Carolina University, an academically motivated student is a child that “wants to learn, likes learning-related activities, and believes school is important” (Brown, 1998). Thus a motivated student and a smart student are not categorically equivalent. While the correlation between intelligence and achievement is higher than the correlation between achievement and any other factor, the relationship is not perfect. For instance, 10 students with identical IQs will demonstrate variability in achievement on similar and dissimilar learning tasks (Andrews, 2003).
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Ability refers to an individual’s overall capacity for learning. A person who is given the best opportunity to learn will, for the most part, be better motivated. For example, a mentally healthy person would be far more motivated then someone suffering from learning disabilities, difficult temperament, developmental delay, depression or chronic life stress. It would be harder for the latter to learn in school and he or she would become discouraged. Furthermore, children who have failed in school before are also very likely to stop trying to learn because they develop the belief that they cannot do so. This perception, or belief a person has about their own ability, is called an attitude. A negative attitude can be reinforced or dispelled by the way a child interacts with adults. The way an authority figure interacts with their children has a profound influence on children’s beliefs about their academic success. For example, parents who set unrealistically high standards for their children often discourage their children’s efforts, as their best can’t match up with the parent’s ideals (Brown, 1998). Also, the way in which teachers structure their lessons and classroom atmosphere can also affect