RSA Animate ‘Drive': Purpose, mastery, self-direction

I just came across this excellent 10 minute clip from the RSA Animate series. It was put up in 2010 and has had over 9.6 million views on YouTube, so some of you may have seen it the first time around. The clip is called Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, and is an animation of a talk by Dan Pink.

I’ll be adding this clip to my English Curriculum Studies reading list next semester – a way to link with my students’ other studies in ed. psych.

I’ll also be making a bigger effort to bring in those concepts – mastery, purpose and self-direction – to explain the pedagogical strategies involved in project-based, play-based, inquiry-based and challenge-based learning. I’d be grateful for any insights about this that you folks care to drop as a comment here!

Enjoy the clip!

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  1. #1 by Malyn Mawby (@malynmawby) on December 13, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Dan Pink’s Drive is undoubtedly popular, i.e. appeals to many. I also found this video compelling when I first saw it; I haven’t read the book.

    Motivation – which is really what this is about – has always fascinated me, especially as a maths teacher, motivating kids was constantly on the back of my mind when planning lessons, activities and units of work.

    There are a few other frameworks (I guess you can call it that) which help me, including Glasser’s Choice Theory. BUT, the simplest of them all and one I particularly liked was Hugh Mackay’s idea of what makes people tick (my post on it). This is one I found easy to use whether I’m running Play, Project or Inquiry based learning. I find then that Pink’s framework follows, i.e. different people are driven by different things (be it mastery, purpose and/or self-direction) but mostly want to be taken seriously anyway. Does that make sense?

    Not sure if any of this helps at all. sorry about that.

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