In the context of Great Learning, we define intrinsic motivation as the motivation that comes from the internal pleasure of completing or working on a task.
We believe that individuals develop intrinsic motivation when they are happily engaged with their activity. This could apply to students engrossed in their learning or teachers who are actively involved in curriculum design and delivery. Together, when all stake holders have a sense of intrinsic motivation and it is present in the school, a culture for Great Learning is enhanced.
In contrast, if individuals are unable to access or understand intrinsic motivation, then a desire for learning for learning’s sake has not been achieved. A lack of intrinsic motivation may be due to a number of factors including; a negative self-image, a lack of accessibility to learning, a fixed mindset or exposure to a negative emotional environment.