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... and teachers to teach

Gregory Pastoll . Ph.D

230 pages
168 x 224mm

ISBN-13: 978-0-958-50893-3

Second (revised and expanded) edition.


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A frank and plain-spoken account of how to make use of intrinsic motivation to power the learning process – at all levels of education, for students of any age. This book tackles head-on the reasons why bureaucratic education systems don't result in real education, and what to do about that.

In clear, straightforward language, Gregory Pastoll analyses why grading presents such an obstacle to meaningful learning, and offers a practical alternative.

Using examples from many different educational settings, the author describes in detail twelve strategies that will help any teacher bring significant improvements to the act of teaching. Most of these strategies are not taught in colleges. If you want to teach the way most of us would prefer to have been taught, read this book.


.. Some Reviews of this Book .

Greg Pastoll's book evokes a tremendous amount of synergy with the things about education that I stand for, and have deliberated all my life. These methods and insights contain the seeds of a complete change in the attitude of society toward education, all over the world: a change that is essential, if our children and grandchildren are to have a chance of surviving. This is a book no parent, and no teacher can afford to ignore.

But, how well will this excellent book be accepted? People don't want to know about things that threaten the cosy situations they occupy. Here is the water, but will the horse drink?

Prof. Gyorgy Jaros, University of Sydney


I was captivated when I first heard Greg Pastoll speak about intrinsic motivation. His book deepened this fascination by unpacking the crucial link between motivation and learning.  He challenges us to think and do things differently by outlining alternatives to manipulating learners through grading and other forms of extrinsic motivation. He urges us to motivate learners to excel by tapping into their inner conviction and valuing their unique potential. This is achieved by illustrating learner centred teaching in a functional and contagious manner. He especially highlights the awesome responsibility placed upon educators who shape lives of learners so fundamentally and gives us some inspiring insights and techniques to transform our practice.

This is a compelling book and I strongly recommend it to anyone passionate about making learning and teaching more exciting, relevant and meaningful.

Eugene Daniels, Director of Metropole South Education Management & Development Centre,
Western Cape Education Department. Cape Town.


I learned about Dr. Pastoll's book during my visit to South Africa.  Motivated, after his talk, I brought the book back to the United States, and now Brazil.  It is inspiring and truly motivating with suggestions that are doable and workable. 

Cyda Fleming, Ph.D in Education. Director of a private school in Brazil .


After having read this book I am feeling really inspired and enthusiastic to be going back to school tomorrow, and that is a feeling that is unfamiliar to me. The beginning of a school year is usually something I dread! Thanks so much.

Lynn de Beer, high school teacher, Rustenburg, South Africa .


.. About the Author .

Gregory Pastoll grew up in a small town in rural South Africa in the 1950s. All his life he has been fascinated by how people learn, and he has been a keen observer of how teaching sometimes does and sometimes doesn't assist learning to happen.

His teaching experience covers a wide range of subjects and institutions. After a brief spell as a mechanical engineer, he spent five years teaching engineering subjects at The Cape Technikon. That's where he first began experimenting with teaching methods to find ways of making learning more meaningful for his students. He then became a consultant on tertiary teaching methods at the University of Cape Town, where he stayed for 14 years, being promoted ad hominem to senior lecturer. He obtained his PhD in higher education from UCT in 1994. His thesis dealt with the concept of educatedness: a survey of the personal qualities considered by educators to be indicative of advanced educational development.

His work at UCT led him to run more than 70 short courses to train university tutors. In 1992, on the basis of this experience and research he did into tutorial methods in use on the campus, he published the book 'Tutorials That Work, a guide to running effective tutorials'. (Cape Town: Arrow Publishers). He has given seminars on various aspects of tertiary teaching methods and evaluation, at four other universities in Southern Africa.

He has also taught in a primary school, a high school, two language institutes, and a business college, variously in South Africa, South Korea, and Austria. The subjects he has taught include English, mathematics, physics, art, and woodwork.

In his teaching, Greg is passionate about promoting self-reliance, will-power and exuberance about being human. He believes that the important thing about learning is not so much what you learn, but what characteristics you develop as a result of engaging in that process.

He has many interests, among them painting, violin-making, and writing songs and children's stories. In 1996 he designed, produced and marketed a board game to promote the sport of cricket. His first children's musical, The Pirate Queen, was performed in Cape Town in 2007. His second musical, Jovano's Question, was performed in March 2009. His first collection of rhyming stories for children, The King of Kafooni and other rhyming tales, was published by Authorhouse in 2010. He has produced two CDs of stories for children. For details of these and his other activities, see his website Greg is currently (2012) teaching Engineering Mechanics at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.

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