6. Method motivation theory

The three (3) conditions which activate the natural drive to create and learn are well understood. See Daniel H. Pink's 2009 book "DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us".

Those three conditions are:

  1. Autonomy

    Using Taylors' method neither teachers nor students have a lot of autonomy — the very same autonomy students need in order to learn at their own unique ability.

  2. Mastery

    Mastery is a challenge which is not too difficult and not too easy, but in the "zone", just right, along with rapid feedback.

    Using Taylor's method, often the challenges are too easy for some students and too difficult for others.

    When a test happens six (6) weeks after learning...that is not rapid feedback.

  3. Purpose

    Purpose is a good reason to learn something or an inner interest in the subject.

    If students are sitting in a desk listening to what they already know or listening to what they can't understand, what is the purpose of sitting there?

Migrating from Taylor's unifying priority to that of the I-o method.


Extrinsic motivation (rewards and punishments)

Taylor's method in education, suppresses all three conditions of motivation.

Intrinsic motivation + a deep self-satisfaction

The new I-o method activates all three conditions of intrinsic motivation, autonomy, mastery and purpose.

In addition, by enabling students to use autonomy more and more wisely and responsibly, a deep and profound self-satisfaction results, the satisfaction of mastering life, or in other words, of growing up.