ERIC Number: EJ699145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Reference Count: 42
Fostering Intrinsic Motivation in Children: A Humanistic Counseling Process
Watts, Randolph H., Jr.; Cashwell, Craig S.; Schweiger, Wendi K.
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, v43 n1 p16 Spr 2004
Humanistic counselors working with children seek to help them grow and develop the motivation needed to make decisions and changes in their lives. Intrinsic motivation, an important component of humanistic counseling, is defined and explicated, research is reviewed, and suggestions are made for counselors who seek to foster intrinsic motivation in children. Counselors can use a variety of talking and nontalking approaches to counseling to foster intrinsic motivation in children. Specifically, counselors can focus on the four underlying constructs of intrinsic motivation--self-determination, self-perceived competence, relatedness, and perceived salience--when counseling children. The purpose of this article is to review current theory and research on intrinsic motivation and to discuss specific ways in which humanistic counselors may foster intrinsic motivation in children.
Descriptors: Motivation, Humanism, Psychological Patterns, Adolescents, Developmental Stages, Children, Counseling Techniques, Self Determination, Self Concept, Counselor Client Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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