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Notes On The Theory And Metatheory Of Intrinsic Motivation

E. Deci
Published 1976 · Psychology

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Abstract This paper is a reply to a number of criticisms made by Scott about the work of myself and others on the topic of intrinsic motivation. First I pointed out that Scott's metatheoretic starting point is different from mine and therefore forms the basis for disagreement at the theoretical, methodological, and prescriptive stages of our work. In response to the criticism that my work does not shed light on the obscure meaning of intrinsic motivation, I briefly outlined the elements of a general theoretical framework for conceptualizing and studying intrinsic motivation in relation to other motivational processes. Within this general framework I looked more specifically at the way in which extrinsic rewards can affect a person's intrinsic motivation. I then considered some specific methodological critiques and finally turned briefly to some implications and applications of this work.
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