ERIC Number: ED485061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 62
Predicting Intrinsic Motivation
Martens, Rob; Kirschner, Paul A.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
Intrinsic motivation can be predicted from participants' perceptions of the social environment and the task environment (Ryan & Deci, 2000)in terms of control, relatedness and competence. To determine the degree of independence of these factors 251 students in higher vocational education (physiotherapy and hotel management) indicated the extent to which they perceived control, relatedness, and competence in different types of education, their motivation to learn, and their study behaviors. Principal component analysis showed that the perceptions of control, relatedness and competence are so strongly related that when students rate one of the constructs negatively, such as their perception of the task control, they will also rate the others (relatedness and perception of competence) more negatively. These results were confirmed by analyses of two additional data sets. Consequences for measurement issues and motivational science are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Higher Education, College Students, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, Physical Therapy, Administrator Education, Competence, Study Habits, Interpersonal Relationship, Personal Autonomy, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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