Dr. Sarah McElwee is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, where she conducts research on identifying able children who underachieve, and the effect of mentorship on raising aspirations in able children. In this presentation (first broadcast on May 19th 2010 at a Giftedkids.ie webinar) Dr. McElwee focuses on the following topics:
The link between motivation and challenge
Orientations to learning, specifically "performance" approaches versus "mastery" approaches.
How beliefs about the nature of intelligence can impact upon motivation.
Socio-emotional aspects of underachievement and motivation.
Ideas for parents and teachers on building motivation.