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New Study Finds That Threats & Using Guilt Tend Not To Produce Student Engagement – Duh!


A new study titled Autonomy and competence frustration in young adolescent classrooms: Different associations with active and passive disengagement shockingly finds that teachers using threats and guilt tend to not result in increased student engagement:

You can read another summary of the paper here. The paper itself is behind a paywall, though there are a few other ways to gain access to it.

The research says – of course – that those kinds of teacher actions do not promote autonomy or competence, two critical elements for intrinsic motivation.

I discuss the importance of those qualities in the book excerpt, Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves and in the video that’s embedded below.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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