October 30, 2008

Self-found internal solutions: why they motivate

This week I developed The Solutions Grid. In it, I describe self-found internal solutions by which I mean solutions that the individual (or group) has identified himself and which he can apply himself without the help or training of others and without being dependent on external resources. I believe that the individual or group will be most motivated to this of solutions.

This reminds me of a post I wrote quite a while ago which was called The autonomy-supportive teaching style. In that post I wrote:

"How can intrinsic motivation be stimulated? A critical factor to experiencing intrinsic motivation is perceived autonomy. When people feel autonomous they experience the initiation of their behavior to be within themselves and they become more intrinsically motivated. Any factor that conduces toward a so-called external perceived locus of causality (E-PLOC) will diminish intrinsic motivation. Punishments, rewards and controls are examples of this. They interfere with students' perceived autonomy or put differently, with their self-regulation. Any factor that fosters an internal locus of causality (I-PLOC) will enhance intrinsic motivation. Encouraging self-initiative, providing choice and stimulating experimentation are examples of this."

Do you see the connection?

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