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More Understanding Equals More Interest & Intrinsic Motivation

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NPR had an interesting piece on this morning with classroom implications.

It was called Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate? A study found that the more people learned about music theory and how it worked, the more interested they became in music that they had previously disliked. Before, as the article describes, it was like “hearing a language you don’t understand” — just “noise.”

We’ve all heard students say, “I hate to read,” or “I hate to write,” or some variation. It’s not any great revelation to teachers, but it just reinforces that the greater the sense of self-efficacy, the greater the interest and intrinsic motivation. I’ve previously posted about other research that reached the same conclusion.

By the way, NPR had another intriguing piece on this morning that is worth a read — Control The Chaos With ‘Secrets Of Happy Families.’ It, too, has classroom implications.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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