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Describe a Situation in which you would use an Extrinsic Reward to Motivate a Preschooler

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Imagine that you are a preschool teacher. Describe a situation in which you would use an extrinsic reward to motivate a preschooler. Discuss how these motivators could result in learned helplessness. Now, give examples and explain how you can lead the same child to achieve intrinsic motivation by becoming his or her own locus of control. Keep in mind that your end goal is for the child to be intrinsically motivated so that he or she has ownership of the behavior.


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Mary: Think of a situation like Billy gets frustrated easily, and he has a temper tantrum every time he believes he cannot do something. An effective preschool teacher may try to catch him at trying to persevere, and giving an extrinsic reward at that time. However there is a learned helplessness in over relying on extrinsic motivators because the child becomes dependent on the reward and the giver to motivate himself. It is better for him to find the motivation from within.

Carlton & Winslow (1998), tell us that motivation can be defined as the process by which children's goal-directed activity is instigated and sustained
(Pintrich & Schunk, 1996). Goal-directed behavior may be intrinsically motivated, extrinsically motivated, or motivated by a combination of the ...

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An extrinsic reward to motivate a preschooler is analyzed.