SAMM – A Systematic Approach to Mastering Life – The Fivestep Motivation Method

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: SAMM – A Systematic Approach to Mastering Life – The Fivestep Motivation Method
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
May Olaug Horverak, Birkenes Learning Centre, Norway
Gerd Martina Langeland, Lillesand Upper Secondary School, Norway


“There’s a voice in my head saying you’re not good enough, you’re stupid, you won’t manage anything.”
This is a quote from one of the student participants in the current study, reporting on challenges young people attending upper secondary school face. Over years in Norway, there has been a 25 % dropout rate, and students have reported low motivation and an increasing number of mental health issues. If this is not taken seriously, there is a risk that dropout numbers will become even higher, and that more young people risk failing to become integrated in working-life and social life at an early stage of adulthood. This study presents a method that facilitates for students in upper secondary school to reflect on their own lives and how they can take charge to determine their own development in school and life in general. By identifying values, success factors and obstacles, students become aware of resources, so they develop resilience to handle possible obstacles in life. Based on written reflections from students in five upper secondary school groups, we have carried out a thematic analysis, showing that many of the students struggle with worries or anxiety, with stress and pressure, low confidence and negative thoughts. Evaluations of the method show that 86 % (n=51) are satisfied with it, 63 % feel they have become better at planning and 56 % have become more motivated. We therefore conclude that the method applied in this study may support students to handle struggles in life.

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