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by Robert C Beck

Download Motivation: Theories and principles epub
ISBN: 0136039103
ISBN13: 978-0136039105
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Robert C Beck
Language: English
Publisher: Prentice-Hall; 2nd edition (1983)
Pages: 482 pages
ePUB size: 1463 kb
FB2 size: 1988 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 709
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As expected and advertised
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This books dives into a plethora of specific and complex theories. It can be challenging to understand, but you'll learn a lot.
This textbook is truly awful. The beginning is laid out with the semblance of neatness and organization but once you delve deeper into the chapters, chaos begins. First, the book is poorly edited. There are multiple spelling mistakes and the book even misnames some conditions. For example, in one section the author refers to "anorexia bulimia" and by the description, the author wanted to say bulimia nervosa. Then, in the chapter summary, there is no mention of "anorexia bulimia" but he mentions bulimia nervosa. This is only one example of the poor editing. The editing was so poor and I became so frustrated with it, I compiled a list of many of the errors. Secondly, the author is unable to communicate the subject matter effectively. I could read a paragraph over and over and still not grasp the meaning of the paragraph. Beck takes tangents and elaborates on elementary principles that any student taking a motivation class should already know. However, he fails to elaborate on concepts that should be new to the student. Chapter summaries sometimes do not reflect the chapter content. The author uses unnecessary words that don't fit the context. It is a difficult read to say the least. I am normally a mild-tempered person but I frequently had the urge to throw this book out of the window in frustration. I have been in university full-time for six years (because I love learning, not because I failed) and this has been the worst textbook I have encountered. I am pleading to those professors out there who are trying to find a good textbook for their course - please do not choose this one!
Ok, I'm going to admit from the beginning that I can't write an unbiased review of this book, because the writer was also my professor, and therefore our classes every day followed closely to the book and made perfect sense with the book. However, since I read the assigned chapters before having the topic in class, I can say that I found the book easy to understand and follow, and not as bone crushingly boring as so many text books can be.
If you're looking for a good example of how to take what ought to be a very interesting subject and suck all of the life and interest out of it, then buy this book. Beck first and foremost seems enamored with using jargon, obfuscating syntax and making his points so obliquely that one has to read a section two and three times just to understand what he is trying to say.

Example: "Odor-Taste Conditioning in Early Experience: When newborn rats are stimulated around the mouth they grasp the mother's nipple and suck, which is rewarded by getting milk. The sucking response can be classically conditioned to other stimuli, such as odors. Cheslock, Varlinskaya, Petrov and Spear (2000) studied infant rats that had never had actual contact with the mother's nipple. The rats were first presented with a lemon odor, followed by direct infusion of milk into the mouth. Then, the lemon odor was presented to them and they were allowed contact with an artificial nipple that provided no fluid. Compared with appropriate control conditions, the pups that had previous odor-milk pairings grasped the nipple more consistently and for longer periods of time. This same procedure was also effective using suchrose as the UCS (not just milk), supporting the hypothesis that the common element was engagement of the endorphin system."

Huh? Did Dr. Beck fail English 101? If the point he was trying to make was that you could get a rat to suck on a dry teat by exposing it to the lemon odor, why doesn't he come out and say so? Why all of the jargon about "appropriate control conditions" and "grasping the nipple?" And what is this nonsense about "engagement of the endorphin system?" Where was that seemingly central point previewed earlier in the paragraph? Throughout the book, he commits the all-too-common error of many a textbook writer of writing to his colleagues and not his students. This kind of academic double-speak and his heavy reliance on formalized terms and jargon make it difficult to pierce the writing to get at the meaning, which is contrary to principles of good communication. Plainly state the meaning, then you can elaborate with the double speak and jargon. The goal of a textbook is not to make the reader work for and grasp at your meaning, but to elucidate and instruct in a forthright manner. As it is, however, Beck's book is cumbersome and tiresome to read, to the point where you just want to put the thing down and go to Wikipedia for your answers.

Finally, Beck seems to have a talent for taking what is inherently interesting and fascinating -- understanding human motivation -- and reducing it to the interest level of watching a show on basket weaving. Wait, that's too generous. Suffice to say that the subject of human motivation becomes for Beck an endless string of examples of "appropriate control conditions" and "incentive valences." Those are appropriate to discuss in a textbook, granted, but when that is all that is discussed, the subject matter becomes as dry as King Tut's arse. My guess is that Beck just wasn't motivated to write a good textbook, but just one that would be forced upon students so he could make a buck.

If you're an instructor reading this review and you care about your students, don't use this textbook!
The book was useable, however it looked pretty rough. The binding was ripped and it had a lot of highlighted pages. It was supposed to be like new but I didn't feel this was the case.