ERIC Number: EJ1060256
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Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning
Evans, Miriam; Boucher, Alyssa R.
Mind, Brain, and Education, v9 n2 p87-91 Jun 2015
Choice plays a critical role in promoting students' intrinsic motivation and deep engagement in learning. Across a range of academic outcomes and student populations, positive impacts have been seen when student autonomy is promoted through meaningful and personally relevant choice. This article presents a theoretical perspective on the motivational role of choice in learning, based on self-determination theory. Theoretical principles and current research on student motivation and engagement are described. Conditions under which choice promotes students' intrinsic motivation are then presented.
Descriptors: Student Participation, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Personal Autonomy, Self Determination, Learning Theories, Teaching Methods
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