How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | MindShift

Can connection with a bigger purpose increase outcomes for learners? New research suggests it probably can.

A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals.

It was no surprise that students often said that making money, attaining fame or pursuing a career that they enjoyed were important to them. But many of them also spoke of additionally wanting to make a positive impact on their community or society — such as by becoming a doctor to take care of people, or a pastor who “makes a difference.” What’s more, the teens with these “pro-social” types of goals tended to rate their schoolwork as more personally meaningful.

via How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | MindShift.

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