Cognitioneducation

What’s “Struggling” got to do with Achievement? It depends on your perspective

On Morning Edition today (11.12.12; the National Public Radio morning news program), correspondent Alix Spiegel presented the word “struggle” in a positive light, that is, she reported that in educational contexts, struggle isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The “take away” of the report is that the emotional and motivational value of struggling in school depends on your perspective. Music to my ears! This is just the message I like convey whenever I can. I’ve mentioned this some in previous posts, and am inspired to elaborate further here.

A matter of perspective

Whether struggling in school is viewed in a positive or a negative light varies across individuals, AND on a larger scale across countries. Both levels of analysis are worthy of note. I’ve discussed the individual level before, but not the cultural, in any degree…

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