Summary of “From Motivation to Passion: In Search of the Motivational Processes Involved in a Meaningful Life”

 

In this article, Robert J. Vallerand gave a true insight into the reasearch of the past 30 years. Based off of his acceptance speech for an award from the Canadian Psychological Association, Vallerand (2012) neatly sums up his work with many of his colleagues about the processes they used to come to the basic conclusions that are used today about motivation and passion and how they play into our lives (p.42). Vallerand and various colleagues moved from the realm of theory into the real-life applications of motivation passion by developing various scales and standardized terminology (p.44, 48). By creating these building blocks, Vallerand was then able to move onto more in-depth studies about both motivation and passion, including some of his more current research about predicting educational and sporting outcomes based on a student’s motivational matrix (46).

I found this article very helpful by being able to really define what has happened in this research and have a concise statement of most of the findings. And by looking at their findings, I found it very interesting how exactly the terminology that in these topics was developed. This article really helped me gain a more comprehensive understanding about motivation and passion and how exactly they’re broken down.

Source:

Vallerand, R. J. (2012) From Motivation to Passion: In Search of the Motivational Processes Involved in a Meaningful Life. Canadian Psychology, 53, 1, 42-52.

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2 responses to “Summary of “From Motivation to Passion: In Search of the Motivational Processes Involved in a Meaningful Life”

  1. As a teacher did you learn something concrete to do or not to do in relation to motivating students? Or was this solely focused on intrinsic motivation that students have prior to arriving in our classroom?

  2. jessilangert

    Sorry, I forgot to include that! In dealing with the classifications of motivations, there was a discussion of how the interplay of previous intrinsic motivation and the extrinsic motivation that the teacher provides play into future intrinsic motivation. Unlike the Kohn interview we read, Vallerand believes that a rewards system, so long as it isn’t the entirety of the motivation, is very useful to provide students with the extrinsic motivation to spark their intrinsic motivation. He also spoke to how important validation is in the self-concept of students and how that plays into future intrinsic motivation. I read this a while ago, so much of what was discussed was also in the Woolfolk book and Kohn article we read.

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