Capstone/Dissertation Title

The case for intrinsic motivation

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Initial childhood, school experiences and diverse, career experiences helped frame her topic of study. This personal journey led her to believe and prove one aspect to be consistent and paramount: intrinsic motivation greatly impacts an individual's desire to become a life-long, self-directed learner and his/her ability to produce quality, purposeful work. Her research addressed the following questions: What is intrinsic motivation? Why is it important? How can a leader foster intrinsic motivation within their environment? After careful review and in-depth research, she also discovered four key building blocks for cultivating intrinsic motivation: collaboration, choice, content meaningfulness and competence. By developing an evaluation tool to support her research and discovery, she concluded that each building block of intrinsic motivation enables leaders to foster conditions that support intrinsic motivation.

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