Interpersonal Motivation


In addition to individual factors in motivation, there are other factors that arise from interactions with other people.



Note: The competition doesn't have to be a formal competition. All that is required is that the person compare his/her performance to that of others.

Note: Not all competitions are examples of intrinsic motivation. If students are required to compete over things that they don't care about, this would be an example of a very extrinsic form of motivation.




Note: The cooperation doesn't have to be based on formal cooperative learning. All that is required is that the person derive satisfaction from contributing to the success of others.




Note: The differences between recognition and competition are that (1) recognition does not require a comparison to someone else's performance and (2) competition does not require the approval of an outsider.



Review Quiz 6

Indicate whether each of the following teachers is emphasizing competition, cooperation, or recognition as a motivational strategy. (The answer could be one of these, a combination of these, or none of these.) Also identify any of the individual motivational factors that are present.

  1. Mr. Walters lets his students play NUMBER MUNCHERS, an arcade-style game in which students practice their math skills. When a student's game score is among the ten best, that student's name goes into the Hall of Fame, which other students can view when they play the game.

  2. Miss Monroe gives her weekly ten-minute quiz. Then she lets the students retake the test together and study together for a half hour. They get points toward their grade based on the performance of the group on the retake. Then they take a different form of the test at the end of the class. The higher of the two individual test scores counts for each student.

  3. Coach Wilkes gives outstanding performance rewards to all members of the track team who improved their weight-lifting performance by at least 20%.




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