Intrinsic Motivation

As an outgrowth of our exploration of alternate educational modalities for Judaic Studies classes, the JEIC team identified the depth of research available on Intrinsic Motivation. This body of literature has existed for decades and surfaces the powerful benefits of leveraging Intrinsic Motivation in the classroom.

Yet, Jewish Day Schools, by and large, have not yet harnessed the power of this most powerful and lasting form of motivation. We lead workshops and offer technical assistance for schools eager to integrate intrinsic motivation techniques into their Judaic Studies program.


Resources for tapping intrinsic motivation in the classroom

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The field is rich with research about harnessing the power of intrinsic motivation to boost student learning. The JEIC team is currently developing a comprehensive literature review on Intrinsic Motivation, and our staff facilitate workshops for educators and administrators on this essential topic.

If you are interested in learning more about professional development opportunities or resources on Intrinsic Motivation, please contact Rabbi Shmuel Feld, Founding Director.

Below are articles for preliminary study and investigation, as schools consider the strong merits of this approach.

The Most Essential Part of a Jewish Education Isn’t What You Think by Rabbi Shmuel Feld

What Motivates Us? An Interview with Daniel Pink by Katharine Bell of Harvard Business Review

Understanding Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation in the Classroom by Elizabeth Mulvahill

How to Spark Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students