Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation in Education Essay

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Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation in Education As life goes on, I am starting to learn more and more about what motivates me step forward and can be successful in education; I recognize that when I plan or want to do something, I have a motivation for that specific thing. In other words, when I do something, I have a reason why I should do that thing. According to the book “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink, it makes me thought-provoking about motivation 2.0 and motivation 3.0. So the question comes in my mind is what is the difference between motivation 2.0 and motivation 3.0, and which motivational system is more effective either for education. Motivation 2.0, what we know as extrinsic motivation assumes that human beings are best motivated by …show more content…
For example, an intrinsically motivated student will perform a task given to him willingly, either because he might find the task challenging or else interesting and satisfied with completing it. This is due to the fact the external rewards hardly motivate these students. In chapter 3 of the book, Pink points out about type I behavior “Type I behavior is self-directed. It is devoted to becoming better and better at something that matters. And it connects that quest for excellence to a larger purpose” (78-79). This explains that motivation 3.0 leads student to good behavior and tends to be very much effective in the long run as the students perform the tasks willingly because it interests them, rather than trying to escape from it once the task is done. Furthermore, motivation 3.0 increases effort and persistence in activities and affects cognitive processes. As we discovered in chapter 4 about autonomy, Pink explains “According to a cluster of recent behavioral science studies, autonomous motivation promotes greater conceptual understanding, better grades, enhanced persistence at school and in sporting activities, higher productivity, less burnout, and greater levels of psychological well-being” (88-89). Motivation 3.0 increases the amount of effort and energy that students
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