Increasing motivation with possible selves

Yoshifumi Fukada, Tetsuya Fukuda, Joseph Falout, & Tim Murphey

Over four hundred students from six Japanese universities were asked to imagine their possible selves as related to English with a variety of activities. Possible selves are future-projected identities that can generate goal-oriented behaviors. The study investigated how possible selves might be used in the classroom by examining the interrelationships between the motivations of past-projected and future-projected identities, and effort in learning within social networks inside and outside the classroom. This paper focuses on activities for eliciting possible selves, expanding social networks, developing aspirations, and increasing motivation.