ESL Term:

Extrinsic Motivation

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extrinisic motivation: Motivation through rewards such as points, candies, compliments, money, test scores, or grades. These rewards are externally administered and may inhibit learning in the long run, although seeming to be effective in the short run. One problem is that they are addictive. Researchers generally agree that intrinsic motivation is better for longterm learning. (See for example, H. Douglas Brown, Teaching by Principles).