Motivation and Engagement: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Reward Related to Reading Activity

Title Motivation and engagement: Intrinsic and extrinsic reward related to reading activity
App Name Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
App Maker Paws Incorporated, Virginia Department of Education
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General Description  This app is designed to help upper elementary and middle-school students to identify the difference between facts and opinions, particularly as they read on the Internet.
Screenshot context The instructions, although complex, present students with all of the benefits that will come from engagement with this app – helping Nermal, identifying fact vs. opinion, finishing a report, getting points and a higher grade.
Explanation and/or commentary The rewards outlined in this screenshot are consistent with self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000). Students can access both intrinsic rewards (i.e., increased competency, helping others) and extrinsic reward (i.e., getting an A.) By helping Nermal to complete his project, students gain competence and confidence in their own abilities. Given the authentic premise of this activity, students may feel a heightened sense of autonomy which has been shown to support learning and engagement (Assor, Kaplan & Roth, 2002; Guthrie, McRae & Klauda, 2007).

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