Getting a toddler dressed: An exercise in Self-Determination Theory

Raising a toddler is a daily experience of motivating a tiny person into doing what you want them to do. You can motivate your toddler through extrinsic motivation by offering prods, promises, or threats for accomplishing and performing certain tasks that you, as a parent, want them to do. Toddlers, though, are quite self-determined and …

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The Ability Attributions of Po

While staying at home with my infant son and toddler daughter, I have had many opportunities to see motivational theories in action in non-school settings. Specifically, I have noticed beliefs about abilities in the characters of the three Kung Fu Panda movies, which my daughter requests almost daily. In each of the three movies, the …

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