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Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn

reviewed by Susan Studer - 2004

coverTitle: Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn
Author(s): National Research Council
Publisher: National Academy Press, Washington
ISBN: 0309084350, Pages: 286, Year: 2004
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Pre-service teaching students in credentialing programs nationwide complete requirements of at least one semester of coursework in human growth and development classes before they are permitted to student teach. In these classes they are taught the theories of noted educators, psychologists, and researchers, past and present, gaining information conducive to motivating children and young people to engage in learning in today’s schools. In these “theories of learning” courses future teachers are introduced to the developmental theories of Piaget, Erikson, and Vygotsky, the moral perspective of Kohlberg, the individualizing teaching technique of Gardner, and the behavior theories of Wong and Skinner. Students are taught in their teacher training, not only the importance of the developmental stages of various aged children, but ways to motivate children to behave in a manner that allows teaching and learning to take place.   Unfortunately, for older students, much of what is taught in these courses is focused on the elementary and perhaps middle school aged child, but little is concentrated on teenagers who... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2318-2321
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11333, Date Accessed: 7/28/2021 10:15:18 PM

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  • Susan Studer
    California Baptist University
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    SUSAN STUDER is Professor and Research Coordinator for the School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Her writing interests focus on education history, and foundations and is currently completing research on education in the 1920-30s. Her most recent book is The Teacherís Book of Days: Inspirational Passages for Every Day of the Year (Prima).
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