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Daphna Oyserman does an exceptional job guiding the reader from concept (IBM theory), to importance of school-focused lens, to intervention (STJ), and finally a step-by-step implementation (manual). The author does a good job using the evidence base to support her ideas of IBM. Oyserman also answers many questions as to why she laid out the book the way she did, why she picked the STJ intervention, and her reasoning for how this book can be used. School settings provide the most beneficial settings for this book. (Scott Sainato, Social Work)
This unique book captures the pathway from a powerful theory to an effective intervention. Accessible to educators, but thorough enough for researchers, the book lays out the Identity-Based Motivation Theory then covers the research that supports it, how it was translated into an intervention, and the evaluation process that showed the intervention worked as the theory said it should. Dr. Oyserman has written a clear model for translating psychological theory into effective real-world intervention. (Brian Smith, PhD, Research Scientist at Committee for Children)
Pathways to Success Through Identity-Based Motivation provides students with the frameworks, time and space to consider who they hope to be as adults and recognize that what they are doing right now offers them a pathway to achieving their future possible selves. (Lucy Bailey, Co-Founder of How to Thrive www.howtothrive.org)
Daphna Oyserman beautifully lays out the evidence supporting the School to Jobs intervention for both researchers and teachers along with instructions to implement the intervention. Pathways to Success Through Identity-Based Motivation will help educators integrate identity work into their programs and inspire a generation of future researchers to carefully design interventions that are effective and easy to implement. This book should be at the top of every teacher's reading list. (Devora Shamah, Research Manager at Gateway to College National Network)
Professor Oyserman makes a compelling case for a way to help youths succeed in life. She furnishes both grounded, theoretical bases, and ready-to-use practical tools that adults responsible for guiding youths can use. I highly recommend this book to educators, youth, practitioners, and social workers interested in helping youths connect the dots and realize their dream. (Dr. John Tan, the Executive Director of CARE Singapore)
Students everywhere have vivid pictures of their future selves and of the jobs and careers they would like to attain. Why do so many fail to realize them? This compelling and clearly written volume provides the answer and a robust theoretical and practical blueprint for what to do about it. Oyserman's formula: begin with students' identities and design school settings that help them realize that their future starts now, that what they are doing in school is relevant to their desired possible selves, and that struggle and difficulty are to be expected on the path to the future. The science and the wisdom of this valuable book are essential for educators, parents, and researchers alike. (Hazel Rose Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University)
Professor Oyserman's possible selves approach has a sound theoretical basis and has been empirically supported by experimental and longitudinal evidence. What amazes me is that even though the possible selves approach is developed in North America, I think it potentially has the universality to work well in an Asian context as well. In fact, my preliminary research using a similar approach has been promising in improving youth's well-being in Singapore. The manual is very practical and easily adaptable to an Asian context. (Dr. Albert K. Liau, Assistant Head of Research for the Psychological Studies Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, at Nanyang)
Everyone can imagine their future self, even very young children, and this future self is usually positive and education-linked. To make progress toward an aspired future or away from a feared future requires people to plan and take action. Unfortunately, most people often start too late and commit minimal effort to ineffective strategies that lead their attention elsewhere. As a result, their high hopes and earnest resolutions often fall short.
In Pathways to Success Through Identity-Based Motivation Daphna Oyserman focuses on situational constraints and affordances that trigger or impede taking action. Focusing on when the future-self matters and how to reduce the shortfall between the self that one aspires to become and the outcomes that one actually attains, Oyserman introduces the reader to the core theoretical framework of identity-based motivation (IBM) theory. IBM theory is the prediction that people prefer to act in identity-congruent ways but that the identity-to-behavior link is opaque for a number of reasons (the future feels far away, difficulty of working on goals is misinterpreted, and strategies for attaining goals do not feel identity-congruent). Oyserman's book goes on to also include the stakes and how the importance of education comes into play as it improves the lives of the individual, their family, and their society. The framework of IBM theory and how to achieve it is broken down into three parts: how to translate identity-based motivation into a practical intervention, an outline of the intervention, and empirical evidence that it works. In addition, the book also includes an implementation manual and fidelity measures for educators utilizing this book to intervene for the improvement of academic outcomes.
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