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The Motivated School

The Motivated School

First Edition
  • Alan McLean - Principal Psychologist, Glasgow City Council, Educational Services

September 2003 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The book is a pleasure to read and whether the model is adopted in whole or in part, as a lens through which to examine and understand what is going on in a learning community it has much to offer' - Improving Schools

`As a head of department in a comprehensive school in an education action zone, this book has made me think about not only the way I relate to the students I work with but also about relationships with the teachers in my department. I therefore warmly recommend to teachers and especially to headteachers and others in positions of leadership in both primary and secondary phases' - Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties

`The Motivated School is an important book. It addresses a number of key issues which are central to Scottish educational policy, including Better Behaviour: Better Learning, Inclusion and Raising Attainment. It is also a controversial book, challenging as it does "woolly thinking" on issues such as self-esteem, rewards and motivation to learn' - Scottish Education Review

`This book is well written and demonstrates the author's commitment and dedication to an individual's psychological well-being and positive, effective learning environments' - The Psychology of Education Review

`The best education books frequently challenge our assumptions. Alan McLean's The Motivated School demonstrates with a kind of forensic exactness, the way we over-emphasize the importance of student's self-esteem. We can't make students motivated: we can only create the right conditions. There is much to admire in this book. It isn't difficult to read, and the format is generous and accessible. I suspect all school leaders will learn something from it' - Geoff Barton, Times Educational Supplement, Friday Magazine

Some students do not achieve their full potential, while others of similar ability achieve more than predicted. This book shows how important students' motivational mindsets can be in influencing the way they learn. The author brings together evidence from recent research, shows how successful learning contexts can be created, and provides real-life suggestions for teachers working with disengaged learners.

Increasing pressure to meet targets has sent schools down the path of trying to motivate students `from the outside'. By recognizing that genuine motivation comes `from the inside' and that self-motivation needs to be nurtured, this book provides a practical guide to both teacher and student motivation.

This book will be of interest to anyone seeking to develop their skills in motivating young people to learn. It will be of particular interest to teachers, educators and management at all levels.

The Need for Change

The Transitional Reward Culture

Towards a Culture of Autonomy

The Motivating School

Aims of the Book

Current Thinking About Motivation
What is Motivation?

The Functions of Motivation

From Theory to Practice

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation


Moving from External Regulation to Self-Determination

What Drives Motivation?
Balancing Contradictory Motives

The Drivers and Dimensions

How the Model Works


Ideas about Ability, Explanations of Progress and Attitudes towards Achievement
Ideas about Ability

Explanations of Progress

Attitudes towards Achievement

The Real `Feel-Good' Factor - Self-Efficacy in Goal Achievement
What about Self-Esteem?

The Puzzle of Self-Esteem

A Better Way to Build Confidence

How the Mindsets Work Together

The Role of Self-Esteem in Motivating Learning

The Complete Motivation Model

The Power of Learning Goals
The Benefits of Learning Goals

Engagement - Creating Learning Relationships
What is Engagement?

Structure - From Teacher Authority to Student Autonomy
What is Structure?

Stimulation - Effective Teaching and Learning
What is Task Value?

Learning Through Feedback
What is Feedback?

Dealing with Failure

Self-Evaluation Checklists

Motivating Boys and Girls
Male and Female Type Motives

Social Worlds

Attitudes to Achievement and Explanations of Progress


Gender-Specific Driver Applications

The Motivating School


The Management Motive

Staff Affirmation and Empowerment

Management Mindsets and Drivers

The Motivating School Culture

The Physical Environment

Summary and Conclusions
Motivating from the Inside


Ideal for those starting out in their careers as a manager in an educational institution. Some basic and fundamental ideas are developed in an understandable and informative manner.

Mr Kevin Walter
Computing, Gloucestershire Univ.
September 16, 2014

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