Intrinsic Motivation

Our work is informed by a number of theoretical approaches including The Three Principles, Achievement Motivation Theory, Academic Self-Efficacy Theory, Dependable Strengths and Developmental Assets Models, Narrative Counseling, Freire's Pedagogy of Hope, Motivational Interviewing, Transtheoretical Model of Change, Attribution Theory, and Academic Resiliency Theory.

Each of these approaches offers counselors and other educators a wealth of ideas that can be utilized at various grades K-12. Our workshop targets preparing counselors to use these strategies in individual and small group counseling settings. We see numerous additional applications of these models and strategies including those listed below.
Current and Future Applications of EIMCA:


We are seeking funding to develop qualitative and quantitative research projects designed to assess the efficacy of our work with underachieving youth. Our focus during the 2011-12 school year will be on identifying motivators for those students who make significant improvements in their academic performance.

Curriculum to Teach Motivation to Students K-12

We are working on developing a comprehensive set of lessons that fulfill various competencies in the ASCA National Model Academic Development Domain.

"Curriculum" to Prepare Counselors/Educators for Change

Counselors are being given opportunities by ASCA and the Education Trust New Vision School Counseling Model to embrace new ways of being: to be leaders, advocates, and action researchers; to engage in collaborative approaches to system change with colleagues; to be more technologically proficient; to focus more on students' academic achievement.

Our strategies can provide counselors an opportunity to find the motivation for undertaking these changes.