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CHYS 2P15 Lecture Notes - Motivation, Youth Engagement, Delayed Gratification

Child and Youth Studies
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John Mc Namara

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October 23rd 2012
Community Service Learning
Youth engagement and leadership;
- How to get youth involved at a young age.
- Craig Kiel burger- turned his interest in helping youth into something to help
himself and people all over the world
- Engaging with youth- community involvement, supporting children and
- How does one develop the initiative- in the helpers and the people getting
Psychology of youth development:
- Surveyed youth on 16,000 random moments of daily experience
- 4300 (27%) of the moments were ‘feeling bored’
- “There’s nothing to do”
- “Algebra sucks”
- “I’m always bored on Sunday”
- Etc.
How does initiative develop: are leaders born?
- IQ
- Temperament
- Environment
3 factors:
- Intrinsic motivation;
wanting to be doing ad activity and invested in it
- Concerted engagement in the environment
a ‘real’ environment that characterized external reality
- Over time
sticking to it
Graph of 16000 random events; very low intrinsic motivation and concentration is
‘ok’- people have to be concentrated in order to do well
Children are very intrinsically motivated with their friends
School environment is not conducive to the development of initiative
- Not critical of schools- constraints on teachers
- Standardized testing
- The race to the top
- Etc.
Ad based on rising math scores- there is a pressure to keep marks up; this is to
compete with other countries that are excelling. Children get pressure to do well all
the time.
Sports is usually voluntarily- very intrinsically motivated and it is very
concentrated; that could be a way to conform curriculum
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