Overall Reflection:There absolutely is something to be said for intrinsic motivation, but who says that has to be the end all? From a constructivist perspective, yes, I can see intrinsic motivation being the driving force. However, people who are extrinsically motivated (say to earn a living to support their family) can still learn and become successful citizens. And isn't that the goal of learning/education? We want performance and production, right?
When I was a beginning K-12 teacher, I certainly was big on intrinsic motivation is what we want to instill in learners....against everything else. However, with some more life and work experience under my belt, I almost feel I was such a proponent of intrinsic motivation as superior...because I am intrinsically motivated when it comes to school. I love school, and always said I wanted to be a lifelong learner/student (check). However, PLENTY of people with other motivation orientations that might not like school at all, are successful (and by some standards more successful than me). So, I just think we need to re-examine this notion of superiority.