PROMOTING TEACHERS` MOTIVATION TO TEACH: THE POWER OF VALUES AND COMPETENCES

P. Jurs , R. Ročāne, I. Kulberga 

Liepaja University (LATVIA)
Nowadays, in the most cases, the lack of motivation is associated with a necessity to promote intrinsic motivation. It must be admitted that teachers` motivation has a significant influence on students` motivation. Teachers` motivation has an impact on positive attitude towards their professional work, creating initiatives and willingness to promote positive change in students. The publication emphasizes the factors influencing teachers` motivation, e.g. the effectiveness and quality of cooperation and the environmental context, as well as three basic psychological needs: the need for autonomy, competence and cooperation (including communication and diverse interaction), according to Deci and Ryan, 2000 self-determination theory. The article also focuses on values as motivational basis, highlighting that such values as self-initiative, innovation, cooperation are important for teachers` motivation and professional competence. The aim or article is discover teachers` motivation to teach, using theoretical methods: concepts of motivation formation and conceptual framework of teachers` competence and empirical methods: a survey of teachers about their experience, motivation, values and competence. The authors explore existing links and synergies between values, competences and teachers` motivation to teach our future generation.