Learning as the Prize: Enhancing Students’ Intrinsic Motivation through Backward Design

By Huda Alenezi.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Effective curriculum design plays a key role in enhancing students’ motivation to learn. The backward design approach, developed by Wiggins and McTighe (2005), is composed of three stages to plan appropriate curriculum, including: identify desired results, determine acceptable evidence, and plan learning experiences and instruction. The article examines the role of these stages in enhancing students’ intrinsic motivation to learn. The article concludes that using the stages of backward design guides educators to design curriculum that meet students’ learning needs, provide ways to use the six facets of understanding to design ongoing assessments, and develop meaningful learning experiences for all students. The implications of the stages of backward design are discussed in terms of their contribution to enhancing students’ intrinsic motivation.

Keywords: Backward Design, Intrinsic Motivation, Curriculum

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 523.884KB)).

Dr. Huda Alenezi

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Kuwait University, Kaifan, Kuwait