So what is your position on motivation? Is it our job to motivate our students, or is it our job to educate our students while they motivate themselves? I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic after reading Jeffrey Buller’s interesting article in Academic Leader entitled “Academic Leadership and the M Word.”
Here’s a small excerpt:
Buller goes on to extend the motivation issue to academic leadership—chairs, deans and leaders on up the ladder. The main point of his article is that at the administrative level, “True academic leadership isn’t just about getting the decisions right; it’s also about getting the motivation right.”These discussions about academic motivation often become heated because there’s such a strong case to be made on both sides of the issue. By the time they’re in college, students should be motivated by the ideas, skills, and principles that are going to be integral to their careers. At the same time, we as faculty members should recognize that effective teaching involves a great deal more than information transfer. The argument will never be resolved, because each perspective is correct. Some of us are just pulled a bit more by one side than the other.
What do you think?
As a teacher, how do you motivate your students, if you see that as part of your job? (In the MHS Program, one important motivation for our working adult students has always been “Learn the theory on Saturday, use it on Monday.”)
When you are wearing your administrative hat, how do you motivate your colleagues to work toward a desired goal?