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Motivation and Learning: Their Significance in a Mental-Health Program for Education


by Herbert A. Carroll — 1955

A great deal of information has been gathered since the day of G. Stanley Hall-and before, for that matter—on what children do and how they do it. Until recently, however, not nearly so much attention has been given to the question, "Why do they do it?" This may be because the answers to why are more complex and controversial than the answers to what and how. In mental hygiene we are vitally concerned with why, since little or no progress can be made in the prevention of behavior disorders unless we know the causes of these disorders. In other words, it is essential that we have a clear understanding of the mainsprings of human behavior and of the fundamental principles which determine behavior patterns—normal and abnormal, acceptable· and unacceptable.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 54, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 56 Number 10, 1955, p. 59-81
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20055, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:40:11 AM

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