BOLD in brief

What motivates students to learn? And what is the role of play in learning? On BOLD in September, authors uncover the motivating factors for learning, and the learning benefits of protecting children’s right to play.
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BOLD in brief
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What causes a student to pass up an opportunity to go out for ice cream with friends in favor of tackling an academic challenge? Jennifer Meyer and Thorben Jansen reviewed decades of evidence, and found three factors that seem to be most important for academic motivation. The findings highlight the importance of fostering academic skills, positive self-beliefs, and relationships in parallel, Meyer and Jansen say. Read the article here. 

The COVID-19 pandemic required many children to make an abrupt transition from the school environment to remote learning from home. But in this focus on academics, Kathryn Bates asks, are we losing sight of the importance of play in supporting children’s learning and wellbeing? We must protect children’s right to play, Bates argues. Read the article here. 

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