Ch 8: Motivation in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Motivation in Psychology unit of this High School Psychology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about motivation in psychology. There is no faster or easier way to learn about psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the control beliefs of the self-determination theory.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a motivation in psychology unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Motivation in Psychology Unit Objectives:

  • Discuss the expectancy value motivation theory.
  • Give examples of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  • Explain situational cues for fear, anger and anxiety.
  • Learn how avoiding cognitive dissonance can be motivating.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Motivation in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
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Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

1. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

The three major theories of motivation are the instinct theory, drive reduction theory, and arousal theory. Understand the definition of motivation and explore the different driving forces of the three theories of motivation.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

2. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

With intrinsic motivation, we do things because we want to do them, while with extrinsic motivation, we do things to earn a reward or avoid punishment. Explore the definitions and examples of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and understand their use in education. Review the overjustification effect and the power of insufficient punishment.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

3. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

Self-determination theory considers intrinsic and extrinsic motivators to explain how humans are motivated. Learn about this theory and understand its perspective on capacity, strategy, and control beliefs. Explore ways to apply this theory's assumptions, three basic psychological needs, motivations, and practices in educational settings, including the classroom.

Cognitive Dissonance: Definition, Theory & Examples

4. Cognitive Dissonance: Definition, Theory & Examples

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a person's beliefs and actions don't line up. Explore the definition and stages of cognitive dissonance, learn about the study behind its theory, and discover some ways to deal with it through some examples.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

5. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Psychologist Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory asserts that there are five categories of needs that drive human behavior. Learn how to define Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory and explain the significance of visualizing Maslow's ideas as a pyramid.

Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

6. Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

Hunger compels people to eat, but it's affected by more than just physical needs. Learn about the physical and psychological factors of hunger, explore the ways hormones regulate the body's response to hunger and discover how cultural factors impact the way individuals eat.

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