This-essay is a7311143.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %REALISTIC GOALS 731114 Motivation which generates decisions and action towards unrealistic goals---is ultimately debilitating. Such motivation destroys itself through its natural consequences. Therefore it is important in science education to identify realistic goals. The experimental method may be helpful in making such an identification. For this reason it would be helpful if failures to achieve intended goals were more often honestly reported---along with the characteristics of the participants who attempted to achieve the unrealistic. Such reports may be as rare because of the lack of fail-safe contexts in which they might be communicated. Goals in science education have most often been the result of theoretical considerations regarding the nature of the subject matter and the subjects of the instructional procedures. The limitations of scientists in identifying realistic goals may be transcended through greater dialogue with real students. Through the use of various channels of communication there may develop a mutual awareness of the students' previous science relevant experiences---and of the developmental stages in which they now find themselves. The hierarchy of values which play a role in generating their personal motivation may become more evident through open and honest dialogue, than through a computer analyzed questionnaire. The elitist self-image common to science instructors has tended to be a self-perpetuating self-image which generates technocratic instructors who are unable to identify realistic goals for students. Through their notion of what is "good" --- they tend to select what they consider to be "good" goals, but not realistic goals. Good goals which are not realistic are not helpful to students, no matter how "good" the goals may be. Realistic goals are goals which a major portion of the real students will achieve and enjoy achieving. Such achievements will have carry-over value---unlike the forced achievement of "good" goals which are due to imposed through efforts to maintain standards. Realistic goals will recommend themselves through the achievements of real students who achieve them, and move on to taking helpful political actions. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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