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ERIC Number: EJ794691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Fulfilment of the Basic Psychological Needs of Student Teachers during Their First Teaching Experiences
Evelein, Frits; Korthagen, Fred; Brekelmans, Mieke
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n5 p1137-1148 Jul 2008
This study focuses on an under-researched area, namely the fulfilment of basic psychological needs of student teachers during their first teaching experiences. Based on the Self-determination Theory of Ryan and Deci [(2002). Overview of self-determination theory: An organismic dialectical perspective. In E.L. Deci, R.M. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of self-determination research (pp. 3-33). Rochester: The University of Rochester Press] and the work of Epstein [(1998a). Cognitive-experiential self-theory: A dual-process personality theory with implications for diagnosis and psychotherapy. In R.F. Bornstein, J.M. Masling (Eds.), Empirical perspectives on the psychoanalytic unconscious (pp. 99-140). Washington, DC: APA; (1998b). Constructive thinking: The key to emotional intelligence. Westport: Praeger], it could be demonstrated that need fulfilment has a strong influence on student teachers' teaching experiences, especially in a non-rational way, for instance through feelings and images. Thwarting of the needs appears to be correlated with images showing "fight", "flight", and "freeze" tendencies, whereas need fulfilment concurs with flow tendencies. The fulfilment of the need for "competence", "relatedness", and "autonomy" in student teachers is considerably less than in experienced teachers. We discuss the consequences for research in this field, and recommendations for teacher education.
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Language: English
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