Unit 2: What is motivation?


Target Objectives
By the end of this unit participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of their student athletes through observation and questionnaire investigation.
  • Define Maslow's hierarchy of needs and how the model connects to motivation
  • Define a learner-centered environment and explore it's positive impact on motivation though discussions


Unit 2 Lecture: Motivation

To Do

After reviewing the lecture, please watch the following video on what drives us. This video will summarize the main points from the lecture.

In the padlet website, discuss motivation and the learner-centered environment. Discussion Page

Some topics to consider: What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? How does Maslow's model relate to motivation? Why is motivation an important factor in a successful learner-centered environment?


What's your experience with a learner-centered environment? Have you had success when implementing this strategy?

This activity is for you to self-reflect and does not need to be documented on the discussion board.


A common practice to determine what drives the students in a classroom is the "Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire". There are 81 questions broken up into two categories: Part A. Motivation and Part B. Learning Strategies. An optional activity is to assess your students using the short version questionnaire. The short version combines questions from both the Motivation and Learning Strategy sections. Students are asked to answer each question on a scale of 1 (not true of me at all) to 7 (very true of me). An interpretation of the scores can be found on pages 83 and 87 of the "MSLQ Manual".

Next Unit: Unit 3: Engaging in Academics

Mini-course: Encouraging Student-Athletes' Academic Success

Portfolio: Stephanie Cerniglia

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