Student Engagement: What Do Students Want?

In an Educational Leadership article on student engagement and motivation the authors Strong, Silver, and Robinson argue that people (both teachers and students) who are engaged in their work are driven by four essential goals, each of which satisfies a particular human need:

  • Success (the need for mastery)
  • Curiosity (the need for understanding)
  • Originality (the need for self-expression)
  • Relationships (the need for involvement with others)

How often do teachers consider these needs and factors when planning learning experiences? How often do adult learners consider these needs when setting goals?


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