Intrinsic Motivation in Game-Based Learning Environments

  • T. Fulya EyupogluEmail author
  • John L. Nietfeld
Part of the Advances in Game-Based Learning book series (AGBL)


Game-based learning environments (GBLEs) are appealing because of their potential as motivational learning tools, and to date, many different motivational constructs have been investigated. Within this literature, there has been particular emphasis paid to the construct of intrinsic motivation. However, wide variation in the operationalization of intrinsic motivation as well as the employment of numerous brief and unstandardized questionnaires in the assessment of intrinsic motivation has led to a lack of clarity across studies. The purpose of this paper is to examine how researchers have implemented and assessed intrinsic motivation in GBLEs. Agreeing upon definitional and measurement approaches for intrinsic motivation in GBLEs may be a crucial step in understanding the attraction of games and the effectiveness of instruction. The study of intrinsic motivation in GBLEs is an emerging endeavor and going forward we recommend a more focused and consistent operationalization of the construct across studies but broader consideration of its measurement.


Motivation Intrinsic motivation Game-based learning environment Assessment Flow theory Self-determination theory 


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  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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