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AM Last Page: Education Is Not Filling a Bucket, but Lighting a Fire: Self-Determination Theory and Motivation in Medical Students

Authors: Rashmi Kusurkar, Olle ten Cate.
Academic Medicine 2013; volume 88, issue 6, page 904

Self-determination theory states that human beings have a natural tendency to develop towards autonomous regulation of behavior, being intrinsically motivated to learn and to take on challenges. Motivation impacts educational learning outcomes and students’ well being.

In this one-page paper, authors present Ryan and Deci’s Self-Determination Continuum going from Not Self-Determined to Fully Self-Determined, and from Amotivation to Intrinsic Motivation. They also list some examples on how to apply this theory to medical education.

You may read this article here.

* I have no financial interest to disclose (GP).

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