Session 02: The Connections between Motivational Theories 

Summary:  We reviewed the first five minutes of Daniel Pink's video and made connections between the video and Nhu Tran's article on self-determination theory. Then you made connections between self-determination theory and other motivational theories related to your motivation.

YouTube Video: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us: Daniel Pink

New Vocabulary


Pink. D. (2010). The surprising truth about motivation [Video file]. Retrieved 

     from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&t=402s

Tran, N. (2015, December 24). What is self-determination theory? Positive 

     Psychology Program. Retrieved from


How will your grade be calculated? Homework (15%), 4-Skills Logs (20%), Written Weekly Reflections (15%), Midterm Presentation (20%), Class Participation (10%), Final Paper (20%)   

Homework due in class on 12/11/2019: 

1. Please read and take two to three pages of notes on one of the three readings or viewing:

Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation: Social development, and well-being. American

        Psychologist, 55(1), 68-78. Retrieved from https://selfdeterminationtheory.org/SDT/documents/2000_RyanDeci_SDT.pdf

Garrin, J., M. (2014). Self-efficacy, self-determination, and self-regulation: The role of the fitness professional in social change agency. Journal of Social Change, 6(1), 41–54.

Pink. D. (2010). The surprising truth about motivation [Video file]. Retrieved 

     from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&t=402s

2. Option to complete at least two hours or more of your self-study in your Four-Skills Log. Please answer the questions completely: 

Which day, which practice task, and how long?  Reflections: What did you do? How long for? What did you notice? How did you feel? New speaking or listening goals?