Motivation for Students in Learning Process

Motivation is aspect of human need which will be showed in a behavior and attitude. People will be motivated to do something because they have a goal or expectation to be reached. The same thing with students, they should have a strong motivation, so that they can participate in learning processes well. Strong motivation increase amount of effort and energy that students expend in directly related to their needs and goals (Csikszentmihalyi & Nakamura, 1989; Maehr, 1984; Pintrich et al., 1993). Students decide the goals and act energize then.

In Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985) motivation can be divided into two sources, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It is classified base on the difference of reasons or goals that give power to an action. The most basic distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is the former refers to do something because it is inherently interesting or enjoyable and while the after refers to do something because it leads to a separable outcome.

Intrinsic motivation comes from individual desire. Students who have intrinsic motivation will be oriented in challenging task because they found an interesting and enjoyment of an activity. They have a strong interest and exact goals that support their skills. For example, Ricky will focus in chemistry than other lesson because he feels enjoy of it. When he engaged on chemistry, so it can be easier for him to maintain his concentration, do the best for chemistry project and heโ€™d do it whether he were paid or rewarded anyway.

Intrinsic motivation seems to a rise spontaneously. Sometimes it can decrease or increase, it depends on individual self-regulated control (moods). When feel cheerful, students more likely to enjoy what they do than when feel upset. Sometimes there is not activity or task that they enjoy to do. Thatโ€™s where extrinsic motivation comes in.

Extrinsic motivation naturally appears as students grow older. Students adopt many values and beliefs from the people around them such as parent, teacher and peers. They get motivated because of rewards or achievement. For example, Nyssa does his math homework only because she fears teacher punishment, she does the homework in order to avoid the punishment, not because she is interested in math.

Nyssa exhibits extrinsic motivation. Her motivation relies on fear of something. When Nyssa still focus on her fear, so she will be difficult to maintain her concentration, just think to get a goal at the end without caring much about it being perfect or excellent and sheโ€™d be reluctant to do something if there were no reward. So it has negative aspect for students who have extrinsic motivation only. They can not make the decision by them selves.

Sometimes students can not manage their self-regulated control and can not force people to give motivation for them. When intrinsic motivation is decreasing, they need an external factor to reach their goals. On the other hand, when there is no external motivation, so feeling enjoy in doing something will give strong motivation. So, it will be better if students balance both of motivation sources in learning process.


5 thoughts on “Motivation for Students in Learning Process

  1. Yeni Math says:

    GREAT….. I like your posting.
    I agree that motivation can get from inside and also outside.
    But, how to develop people who get motivation from outside (Like me)..??
    Should I always given motivation from others???
    What is the solution?? thanks for sharing

    Good Job Vy… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • vyaopi says:

      External motivation can be given by others, even directly or not. It can be by getting some inspiration from someone who we like much, like our idol for example. But, we should not depend on them. We should have high internal motivation than the external. But, if we think that external motivation can make internal motivation higher, why not ???

      That’s just my opinion anyway. Thanks for your appreciation to my blog :). Hope you can enjoy it …

  2. titiahdewimasitoh says:

    dear shopia,,
    I agree with you that when intrinsic motivation is decreasing, they need an external factor to reach their goals..So, what we have to do as candidate teacher to increase and balance student’s motivation..

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