Intrinsic Motivation (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Intrinsic Motivation (Montessori)

Intrinsic motivation, a key concept in Montessori education, refers to the act of engaging in an activity purely for the enjoyment and fulfillment it brings, rather than as a means to an external reward or outcome[1].

Montessori classrooms cultivate intrinsic motivation by providing children with the freedom to choose their own activities and learn at their own pace. The idea is that children are naturally curious and eager to learn, and when they are given the freedom to pursue their interests, they will be motivated to engage deeply with their work[2].


Montessori Quotes on Intrinsic Motivation

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”
— Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”