Foundations – Autonomy, Purpose, Mastery

Daniel Pink has written a couple of books that can change the way a person looks at the world. The first book I read was A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. “The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” (from Amazon).

Then I read his next book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In that book he makes the case that the best predictor of high-quality work are autonomy, purpose and mastery. This made sense to me. He also showed how this has been long supported by the science (as well as current findings on brain research) and yet never been applied into education, business, or other areas of life. We continue to do what we know and are comfortable with even though research says it is not effective. I believe these concepts need to be applied into the lives of our students at school.

When did you start to “own your learning”? In the 21st century, our students need own their learning now!

“Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money – the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink, says in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction – at work, at school, and at home – is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.” (from the Drive book jacket).

Autonomy – Purpose – Mastery

Enjoy this RSA Animated talk by Daniel Pink on Drive (about 11 minutes):


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