ERIC Number: EJ845600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Autonomy in Education: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Chirkov, Valery I.
Theory and Research in Education, v7 n2 p253-262 2009
In this article I highlight recent (published after 2000) cross-cultural studies on the role of autonomous academic motivation and autonomy support in students' cognitive and psychological development. The self-determination theory (SDT) thesis of a universal beneficial role of autonomous motivation is supported by numerous empirical results from educational researchers from diverse educational settings around the world. These results are discussed in terms of the importance of recognizing students' basic needs for autonomy in learning environments, and the cultural deterministic models of socio-cultural differences that have obscured that need. Studies within the SDT provide strong psychological evidence to support a more interactive, multidimensional picture of human nature in various sociocultural contexts.
Descriptors: Self Determination, Social Theories, Cross Cultural Studies, Role, Psychological Needs, Educational Researchers, Student Motivation, Personal Autonomy
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