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Discuss your individual motivators. Evaluate your motivator in light of the theories in Psychology.

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Discusses individual motivators and evaluates these motivator in light of the theories in Psychology. References are provided.

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1. Discuss your individual motivators. Evaluate your motivator in light of the theories in Psychology.

Motivation is defined as "some kind of internal drive which pushes someone to do things in order to achieve something" (Harmer, 2001:51, cited in http://iteslj.org/Articles/Suslu-TeacherMotivation.html ). Motivation is thought to be responsible for "why people decide to do something, how long they are willing to sustain the activity and how hard they are going to pursue it" (Dörnyei, 2001, p.8, cited in http://iteslj.org/Articles/Suslu-TeacherMotivation.html).

Different theories of motivation propose different factors that cause motivation - factors that results in an individual to decide to do something, like increasing your productivity at school or work. For example, according to Steers and Porter (1991, p. 6, cited in http://iteslj.org/Articles/Suslu-TeacherMotivation.html ) theories of motivation characterize motivation as follows, which act to motivate individuals:

? needs or expectations,
? behavior
? goals, and
? some form of feedback i.e. recognition, praise, etc. (http://iteslj.org/Articles/Suslu-TeacherMotivation.html)

Maslow's theory suggests you might be motivated by basic needs. To help you analyze what motivates individuals, ask yourself if the following things would be motivating to you, as not all people are motivated in the same way:

? Physiological needs (air, water, sleep, nourishment): Provide lunch breaks, rest breaks, and wages that are sufficient to purchase the essentials of life.
? Safety Needs (i.e. living in a safe area, medical insurance, job security, financial reserves): Provide a safe working environment, retirement benefits, and job security.
? Social Needs (i.e. need for friends, need for belonging, need to give and receive love): Create a sense of community via team-based projects and social events.
? Esteem Needs (i.e., self-respect, achievement, attention, recognition, reputation): Recognize achievements to make employees feel appreciated ...

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