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Control Theory of Motivation

LTEC 4100

Deanna Hayward

on 2 November 2013

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Transcript of Control Theory of Motivation

Control Theory of Motivation
Formed by William Glasser

The Purpose
The Control Theory of Motivation
Two Types of Teachers
The Theory was created to answer the question:
What Motivates Behavior?
Behavior is inspired by what a person wants at any given time. Behavior is inspired by internal motivation.
1. Boss Teachers
Use rewards and punishments
Assignments are seen as low level work
Rely on external motivation

2. Lead Teachers
Correlate assignments to the students' basic needs
Use grades only as an indicator for what has been learned
Help internal motivation
What Is Motivation?
According to, motivation is providing a reason to act in a certain way.
Internal Motivation: Reasons such as love, power, freedom, fun, and survival.
External Motivation: Reasons such as competition, grades, and awards.
If students find schoolwork irrelevant to their needs, they are not motivated. Therefore this theory affects curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This requires an effective teacher.
Students' anticipate their success by their abilities, effort, luck, and the difficulty of the task. If they don't believe they will succeed, they will not be motivated.
Teachers need to help students believe in their success and increase internal motivation by:
Helping students develop self-efficacy
Emphasize how all students can learn and progress
Create a welcoming environment
Maintain high expectations
Set goals
Use effective strategies to meet goals
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