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Unformatted text preview: example, if you provide overly enthusiastic praise to students for the
accomplishment of relatively easy tasks, students who observe this may believe
that the praised student has low ability (Barker & Graham, 1997). Teachers who
provide pity to students who fail, tend to communicate their belief that the pitied
student has low ability (Graham, 1984).
Students’ Personal Needs, Motives and Interests
Principle 6.2 reminds us that our students have needs and motives that
affect their ability to profit from teaching. For example, Maslow’s basic safety
need implies that students want to learn in a secure and emotionally supportive
environment. Students can feel at risk during instruction when they request help
from the teacher or other peers. Studies done at the elementary, secondary, and
post-secondary level suggest that students who have low self-esteem or perceive
themselves as lacking ability, often see help-seeking as a risky endeavor
(Karabenick & Knapp, 1991; Newman, 1990, 1991). When they seek help, they
believe others will...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08