Student motivation is of central concern for all teachers, as students cannot learn if they are not engaged and attentive during class. This essay describes how Catholic schools are uniquely designed to promote positive motivational patterns in students based on their foundation in the mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Paschal Mystery relates to students pursuing mastery goals and persisting through challenges, the Trinitarian Mystery reflects the focus on community and belongingness, the Incarnation relates to striving for excellence, and the Eucharist reflects the need for purpose. When Catholic schools are rooted in these mysteries and the mission of the Church, students are primed for a positive motivational experience in school.
Kowalski, Monica J.
"The Congruence of Academic Motivation and Catholic Education,"
eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia: Vol. 3
, Article 8.
Available at: https://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea/vol3/iss1/8