European Journal of Psychology of Education

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 195–212

Transferring motivation from educational to extramural contexts: a review of the trans-contextual model


DOI: 10.1007/s10212-011-0082-5

Cite this article as:
Hagger, M.S. & Chatzisarantis, N.L.D. Eur J Psychol Educ (2012) 27: 195. doi:10.1007/s10212-011-0082-5


Students’ self-determined or autonomous motivation in educational contexts is associated with adaptive educational and behavioural outcomes including persistence on educational tasks and academic performance. A key question for educators is whether promoting autonomous motivation toward activities in an educational context leads to increased autonomous motivation toward related activities in extramural contexts. In this article, we present a trans-contextual model that demonstrates the processes by which autonomous motivation is transferred from educational to extramural contexts. Using an integrated, multi-theory approach including self-determination and planned behaviour theories, we propose a motivational sequence in which perceived support for autonomous motivation for a given activity leads to autonomous motivation in educational contexts but also to autonomous motivation toward activities in extramural contexts. Autonomous motivation toward the activity in extramural contexts is proposed to be associated with attitudes, perceived control, and intentions to perform the activity in future and actual behaviour. We review recent prospective and intervention research that has applied the model to explain the transfer of autonomous motivation toward physical activity from a physical education context to a leisure time context. We also outline how the model can be applied in other educational contexts such as the transfer of motivation for science and language activities in educational contexts to motivation toward assignments in these subjects in extramural contexts. The applicability of the model as a basis for educational interventions to promote motivational transfer across contexts is discussed.


Motivational transfer Self-determination theory Intrinsic motivation Theoretical integration Theory of planned behaviour Hierarchical model 

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© Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisboa, Portugal and Springer Science+Business Media BV 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin S. Hagger
    • 1
  • Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Psychology and Speech PathologyCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Motivation in Education Research Laboratory, National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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