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What is Intrinsic Student Motivation?

It has become very difficult for teachers to engage students in their classes and create interest in them for the subject. There are different motivation methods, some are called extrinsic and others intrinsic.

Intrinsic student motivation, means that the motivation of the person comes from inside, it means that he is motivated because he has a genuine real interest in the subject and wants to know more about it.

On the other side if the student just has extrinsic motivation, it means that he is motivated by rewards or short term motivators like punishments, extra points and grades.

The teacher needs to focus more on intrinsic motivation because that will create a real interest in the student and he will want to contribute more and will get better grades.

Usually it is more difficult to create an intrinsic motivation, however the teacher can encourage motivation by giving interesting activities to do, investigations, challenges and creating an environment of collaboration in the classroom.

There needs to be a real interest in the student to learn more or to like the subject. You won’t be able to create intrinsic motivation in all your students, but you can certainly help to create it.

Other methods of motivation like punishments and rewards are sometimes necessary, especially when you are dealing with difficult subjects, however those methods are short term motivation and do not guarantee good results from the students.

I think the easiest way to encourage intrinsic motivation is to show live case studies to the students of the subject that they have to learn. If you can apply what you are teaching to real live examples, students will more likely become interested and contribute to the class.


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