There has been some useful recent research on the importance of students having a “purpose for learning,” and I’ve also previously posted about the topic. I thought it would be useful to bring them all together.

Here’s how the Mindset Scholars Network talks about it:

Students value their schoolwork when they believe it is relevant to their lives and/or will help them connect to a purpose that is bigger than themselves—whether it is a contribution to their family, their community, society at large, or something else.

Here’s what I have so far:

The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”

Another Interesting Finding On The Value Of Having A “Purpose For Learning”

The Power Of Having A “Purpose For Learning” In The Classroom

A Simple Writing Prompt To Accompany Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Essay, “The Purpose Of Education”

Purpose & Relevance is from The Mindset Scholars Network.

Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

The Importance Of “Purpose”

Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One. is from The New York Times.

The Benefits of Helping Teens Identify Their Purpose in Life is from MindShift.

Helping teens find their purpose is from The Hechinger Report.

Students Excel When They Find Purpose—So How Do We Help Them? is from Edutopia.

Purpose Playbook is from Character Lab.

3 Questions to Uncover Students’ Hidden Potential is from Ed Week.

I’m adding this post to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources