Dan Pink discusses the overwhelming scientific evidence for how human motivation works. He applies this primarily to business practices, but the research he shares echoes the research that Dr. Carol Dweck, from Stanford University, has published related to the psychology of motivation. Dweck has warned that praise (an external motivator) can undermine children’s development of positive self-esteem and motivation to achieve (VanDeVelde, 2007). Through his research review, Pink summarizes three key factors that humans must experience in order to maximize their intrinsic motivation to do something, especially if it is something that requires cognitive effort: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. If we accept the science of motivation, then we, as educators, must consider how we might facilitate these three factors through our practice. View the video and be inspired!


VanDeVelde, C. (2007). Carol Dweck: Praising intelligence: Costs to children’s self-esteem and motivation. The Bing Times 33(1). Stanford, CA: Bing Nursery School.