Chris Hulleman, a research associate professor at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), is featured in a special issue of Scientific American. This publication is the leading source for science, technology information and policy for a general audience.
The Mind special issue has a feature article entitled “Three Critical Elements Sustain Motivation,” by Daisy Yuhas, which tells readers that when it comes to cultivating genius, talent matters, but motivation may matter more. In the article, Hulleman’s intervention work with high school students is highlighted:
In 2009 University of Virginia psychologist Christopher S. Hulleman described a semester-long intervention in which one group of high school students wrote about how science related to their lives and another group simply summarized what they had learned in science class. The most striking results came from students with low expectations of their performance. Those who described the importance of science in their lives improved their grades more and reported greater interest than similar students in the summary-writing group. In short, reflecting on why an activity is meaningful could make you more invested in it.