Evaluation of others' efforts – a conclusion

The question for this essay was:

‘Critically evaluate a range of theoretical interpretations of motivation and explore their ability to help teachers to encourage their learner motivation.’

As we can see motivation is a complex issue and is one which will continue to provide a good deal of discussion in education circles for many years to come. It is clear that there is not a definitive explanation for motivation in itself or one way to view it as a concept with many theories overlapping each other; different theories each have an element of merit without fully solving the mystery. It is also clear that practitioners need to develop a variety of approaches which will enable them to influence children to the betterment of their educational achievement. The key for teachers is to find the way to motivate each individual and target that in order for them to realise the extent of their potential: once this is achieved and success can be pointed out or, better still, discovered by the pupil themselves the motivation invariably becomes intrinsic as children generally enjoy challenges and respond to them (Cowley, 2004). This point is acknowledged by Bong (2001 in Eggen and Kauchak, 2010) who states that through varying the teaching and learning methods teachers are able to motivate a whole range of students to reaching their goals. They are also able, by doing this, to challenge the students’ perception of themselves and their interests, constantly urging them to be reflective and to understand themselves in a far deeper way in terms of both their needs, their motivation and their learning.

How might this be amended to make it better?

1.

‘It is clear that there is not a definitive explanation for motivation in itself or one way to view it as a concept with many theories overlapping each other; different theories each have an element of merit without fully solving the mystery’

could be amended to read:

‘It is evident that there is not a single definition which fully explains the concept of motivation. There are many different theories about it which each make a valuable contribution to the on-going debate without fully solving the mystery.’

2. This sentence could read

‘This point is acknowledged by Bong (2001 in Eggen and Kauchak, 2010) who states that through varying the teaching and learning methods teachers are able to motivate a whole range of students in reaching their goals or ‘This point is acknowledged by Bong (2001 in Eggen and Kauchak, 2010) who states that through varying the teaching and learning methods teachers are able to motivate a whole range of students to reach their goals as opposed to ‘This point is acknowledged by Bong (2001 in Eggen and Kauchak, 2010) who states that through varying the teaching and learning methods teachers are able to motivate a whole range of students to reaching their goals.’

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