Motivation is the key to learning. It’s that simple. Or, at least it should be, but it isn’t as easy as you might think. Are there any benefits and detriments of motivation in learning? If so, which one is better? In this blog post, I will go over what we know about motivation in children and learning to see if we can answer these questions…hopefully! So what are the benefits and detriments of motivation in learning?
What is motivation?
Motivation is the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat.
Why is it important for education?
It is important for education because it helps children to be persistent in their learning, to have a good attitude toward learning, and to be able to set goals. However, too much motivation can lead to children becoming stressed and overwhelmed. It is important to find a balance that works for each individual child.
What are the benefits of being motivated as a child?
Being motivated as a child can help lead to a successful future. It helps children to be focused, set goals, and work hard. Additionally, motivated children are often more engaged in their learning and more likely to retain information. Finally, motivation can inspire creativity and critical thinking.
What are the detriments of being motivated as a child?
While it is important to be motivated as a child, there are also some detriments that can come along with it. One is that the child may become too focused on the reward they receive and not on the actual learning process. Additionally, the child may become anxious or stressed if they feel they are not meeting their goals. Additionally, motivation can lead to comparison among peers, which can lead to feelings of inferiority or superiority. Finally, if a child is constantly being rewarded for good behavior or grades, they may come to expect it and be disappointed when they don’t receive a reward.
Final thoughts on when to apply motivation as an adult and when it should be used by educators.
In general, motivation is most effective when it leads to positive outcomes, such as increased knowledge or better performance. However, there are also times when motivation can have negative consequences. For example, if a child is motivated to learn because they fear punishment, they may only focus on the negative aspects of the task at hand and not the positive ones. In these cases, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of using motivation before deciding whether or not to apply it.