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ERIC Number: EJ1073834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Need Supportive Teaching in Practice: A Narrative Analysis in Schools with Contrasting Educational Approaches
Stroet, Kim; Opdenakker, Marie-Christine; Minnaert, Alexander
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v18 n3 p585-613 Sep 2015
Research on self-determination theory (SDT) has shown that positive learning outcomes accrue in classrooms that support students' needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Studies on what need supportive teaching entails in practice are, however, scarce. In the present study, we aimed to gain in-depth understanding of typical manifestations of the positive (autonomy support, structure, involvement) and negative (autonomy thwart, chaos, disaffection or reject) dimensions of need supportive teaching by relating these to educational approaches of schools. For this purpose, we conducted a narrative analysis of teacher-student interactions in two contrasting cases: A prototypical traditional class and a prototypical social constructivist class. In both classes, we analysed lessons in math and in mother language spread over the grade-7 year of secondary education. The results indicated striking differences between both classes in manifestations of need supportive teaching as well as similarities. The findings have implications for translating SDT to educational practice as they help make concrete the theoretical construct of need supportive teaching as well as further understanding of how SDT-interventions can be implemented in practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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