Extrinsic motivation

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Extrinsic motivation is the motivation that comes from external sources. In the case of learning, this motivation may come from teachers, parents, threat of failure, bribe, penalty, etc. It is not possible to extrinsically motivate effective learning. Extrinsic motivation is based on reward or penalty separated from the value of knowledge itself. As such, it easily leads to violations of the fundamental law of learning. When learning is not its own reward, incoherent learning may occur. Such learning is subject to interference. Not only does it not last, but it also results in accelerated forgetting in other areas of knowledge. Intrinsic motivation is the key to efficient learning.

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