Six Motivational Reasons for Low School Achievement

  title={Six Motivational Reasons for Low School Achievement},
  author={Steven Reiss},
  journal={Child \& Youth Care Forum},
  • S. Reiss
  • Published 20 May 2009
  • Psychology, Education
  • Child & Youth Care Forum
Reiss (The normal personality: a new way of thinking about people. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008) empirically derived a reliable and valid taxonomy of 16 life motives (“psychological needs”). The model suggests six motivational reasons for low achievement in school. Low achievement may be motivated by fear of failure (high need for acceptance), incuriosity (low need for cognition), lack of ambition (low need for power), spontaneity (low need for order), lack of responsibility (low… 
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