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Should Economists Listen to Educational Psychologists? Some Economics of Student Motivation

Donze, Jocelyn and Gunnes, Trude (2011) Should Economists Listen to Educational Psychologists? Some Economics of Student Motivation. TSE Working Paper, n. 11-247, Toulouse

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This paper sheds light on the role of student motivation in the success of schooling.
We develop a model in which a teacher engages in the management of student moti-
vation through the choice of the classroom environment. We show that the teacher is
able to motivate high-ability students, at least in the short run, by designing a com-
petitive environment. For students with low ability, risk aversion, or when engaged
in a long-term relationship, the teacher designs a classroom environment that is more
focused on mastery and self-referenced standards. In doing so, the teacher helps to
develop the intrinsic motivation of students and their capacity to overcome failures.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: 22 May 2011
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Student achievement, Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
JEL Classification: D03 - Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles
I21 - Analysis of Education
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 15:14
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