The article that will be analyzed shall be the particular motivation and emotion regulations strategies that are being used by current middle schools students and how these strategies can influence the resilience and performance of the students in school activities. This article is related to the topic in the book because it involves motivation which is a psychological characteristic that influences a person to act towards one’s objectives and to maintain the goal-oriented attitude. The chosen article talks about motivation of students which is an essential factor that affects their learning and participation inside the classroom setting. Motivation of students from the middle school can be affected by the teachers’ initiative to encourage the students to develop motivation to work towards the students’ objectives. Aside from this, establishing a supportive classroom environment, goal setting and the teachers’ zest will empower their students to consider learning as an exciting experience.
In the article of Fried and Chapman (2012), the researchers discussed the specific motivation and emotion strategies that have been used by the students from the middle school in order to forecast their resilience inside the classroom. In this article, the researchers used the motivation regulation as part of the goal-oriented strategies. They also included in the study the two types of emotion regulation that were used namely, the antecedent and stress release strategies and avoidance strategies (Fried and Chapman, 2012).
In this study, there were male and female students who participated. The middle school years for this study involved students who were seven to nine years old. The researches theory is that students who belonged to this age bracket experience decline with regard to motivation for learning (Fried and Chapman, 2012). The socio-economic status of the sample is that they are all students from middle school. The educational level of the sample is that they are students from middle school years from seven to nine. The marital status of the sample is that they are all single. The limitation of this study is that there is limited evidence that shows that students from middle school who use motivation and emotion regulation strategies and become more successful than others in school (Fried and Chapman, 2012).
The study of the researchers revealed that the students who adapted the avoidance strategies will have the lesser chance of building resilience, as compared to other students. The main hypothesis of the authors is that it is during the stage of adolescence that students from the middle school become aware of their emotions and thought process, as they blend in with the beliefs and emotions that they develop. The argument of the authors is that lack of resilience of students can also be attributed to the hormonal and cognitive systems that the adolescents develop which is necessary for the emotional regulation to function. In addition, they also argued that each student is different from the other. Thus, it is perceived that those students who are more active in school activities turn out to be more academically successful compared to other students. The conclusion of the authors in this study is that most of the students from middle school have been influenced by their emotions resulting to lower levels of motivation; and as a consequence, it has hindered the academic progress of the students.
In my opinion, the importance of the author’s hypothesis is to prove that young students who become attuned with their emotions and thinking process at an early age will encourage them to set their own goals and the desire to achieve them. As the students experience a range of emotions inside the classroom, the teachers must be able to guide them to avoid declining levels of motivation. The argument of the authors that working with student motivation and emotions allows the student’s academic achievement to flourish is meritorious (Fried and Chapman, 2012). In fact, motivation covers a substantial role in the learning and development of students. It is the duty of the teachers to influence the students’ intrinsic motivation to develop their knowledge and understandings.
Towards the end, it was concluded that the teaching of a specific motivation and emotion strategy among students from the middle school and giving the appropriate classroom environment can affect their engagement and resilience (Fried and Chapman, 2012). In my opinion, it shall also be the duty of the educators to carry-out various motivational techniques to encourage the participation and self-expression of students. Therefore, the conclusion of the authors in this study is that most of the students from middle school have been influenced by their emotions resulting to lower levels of motivation has hampered the academic advancement of the students.
Fried, L., and Chapman, E. (2012). An investigation into the capacity of student motivation and
emotion regulation strategies to predict engagement and resilience in the middle school
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