The educator recognizes the impact of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on student learning and identifies general strategies that foster and inhibit intrinsic motivation in students.
Demonstrate Understanding of Learner Motivation is the third micro-credential in the Learning Differences stack.
The full Learning Differences stack includes six micro-credentials:
The term motivation is derived from the Latin verb movere (“to move”) and refers to the process in which learners engage in a sustained, goal-directed activity. Not all types of motivation have the same effect on learners’ competence, behaviors, and achievement outcomes. Therefore, educators must be able to distinguish between different types of motivation and how they can affect academic achievement. For example, intrinsic motivation refers to engagement in an activity for its own sake. Learners who are intrinsically motivated perform academic tasks because they find them enjoyable. Simply participating in the learning activity is reward enough. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is engendered by factors external to the learner. Learners who are extrinsically motivated work through academic tasks because they believe the work will result in coveted outcomes such as a reward or praise. Many scholars believe that educators should strive to foster intrinsic motivation in learners. However, students will have to perform some tasks they are not intrinsically motivated to do. Thus, a balance of the two is necessary in today’s classrooms.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1 and 2. Through any of a variety of methods (written, scanned, audio, video, and/or multimedia), educator demonstrates an understanding of what motivation is and how it influences learning. You must also effectively reflect on how motivation applies to your instruction.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please provide an insightful reflection that demonstrates your understanding of both the impacts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on learning and the teaching strategies that may support or hinder learners with various motivations. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media) as your reflection.
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