Goal Orientation in Learning

Dweck and Leggett among others, argue for the importance of students’ reasons for engaging in academic work in explaining their learning behaviours, where some students pursue performance goals and others pursue learning goals (Dweck and Leggett 1988; Elliott and Dweck 1988). Goal orientation, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation are different ways to describe students’ reasons for…

Women on Walls

Three simple stories connected by a common thread.. The brilliant work by Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy last year in the commissioning of portraits was well highlighted and generated much interest. I felt immensely proud that my former employer undertook such a project and recognised the work of great female academics. Also last year,…

Control the Controllable’s

In the words of Marcus Aurelius’s, Meditations, he states ‘Vex not that spirit at the course of things, they heed not thy vexations.‘ Externals things have no control over any one of us if we don’t let them. The only thing one has control over is oneself. In a race, in an academic setting the…