Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

Interesting video.

‘Research’ shows that for simple, mechanical tasks then greater rewards bring better performance BUT when you move beyond that to rudimentary cognitive skill almost the reverse is true – greater incentives diminish performance.  I extrapolate from this that if we want pupils to engage cognitively then more GCSE points ISN’T going to be the driver.

What people want is Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.  Autonomy – the space to do their thing in their way.  Mastery – to feel like they are improving, to feel that they are good at something. Purpose – a higher idea, a goal, a reason.  To me this seems to sum up AfL.

If you can’t see the video in school then please watch this when you get home.  It’s 10 minutes – a really great 10 minutes.  Love it.

Youtube Video

was it Edison who said “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.”?

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