Intrinsic motivation as a core to educational achievement

Amy E. Carman, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Liberal Studies


Every child has the right to learn, but not every child has the opportunity to learn. It is my belief that the elements suggested in this paper promote intrinsic motivation within the classroom and can give all children an opportunity. By empowering children to enjoy the challenges of academic achievement they will be reaching their highest potential. In this paper I examine five main points: 1. The definition of intrinsic motivation 2. The compatibility of extrinsic rewards and intrinsic reactions in education 3. Teaching methods that induce intrinsic motivation 4. Evaluating core characteristics of those teaching methods 5. Multiculturalism and achievement motivation.