Intrinsic Motivation

  • Karrie A. ShogrenEmail author
  • Jessica Toste
  • Stephanie Mahal
  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
Part of the Springer Series on Child and Family Studies book series (SSCFS)


This chapter examines the role of motivation in achieving positive outcomes, with a focus on Self-Determination Theory. Self-Determination Theory is a theory of motivation that defines basic psychological needs, their role in intrinsic, autonomous motivation and ways to enhance intrinsic motivation in school, health, and other settings.


Motivation Self-determination theory Autonomy-supportive environments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karrie A. Shogren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Toste
    • 2
  • Stephanie Mahal
    • 1
  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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