Seven Principles for Teaching
#3: Understand that Emotions are Central to Learning
The learning professionals within the learning environment are highly tuned to the learners' motivations and the key role of emotions in achievement.
- Learning results from the dynamic interplay of emotion, motivation and cognition, and these are inextricably intertwined.
- Positive beliefs about oneself as a learner in general and in a particular subject represent a core component for deep understanding and "adaptive competence".
- Emotions still tend to be regarded as "soft" and so their importance, though accorded in theory, are much more difficult to be recognised in practice.
- Attention to motivations by all those involved, including the students, is about making the learning first and foremost more effective, not more enjoyable (though better still if it is both).