Teacher Motivation Theory

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  • The arousal, direction, and persistence of voluntary teacher behavior. Although there is no single, widely accepted, overarching definition of work motivation, a number of theoretical approaches attempt to describe and explain it, including those that classify motivation as internal or external and theories that are need based, cognitive, and non-cognitive. In general, theorists agree that teacher work motivation determines (a) whether teachers will put effort into an activity, (b) how long they will apply effort to an activity over competing activities, and (c) how intensely they continue.

    With respect to description, motivation is often classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic. Thus, teachers can be motivated to engage in an activity because they find it stimulating, challenging, and satisfying (intrinsic) or because they might be rewarded with ...

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