ERIC Number: EJ845609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Self-Determination Theory in Schools of Education: Can an Empirically Supported Framework also Be Critical and Liberating?
Ryan, Richard M.; Niemiec, Christopher P.
Theory and Research in Education, v7 n2 p263-272 2009
In many graduate schools of education there is strong resistance to formal theories, especially those that are supported through quantitative empirical methods. In this article we describe how self-determination theory (SDT), a formal and empirically focused framework, shares sensibilities with critical theorists concerning the importance of actors' own embedded experiences of the world, and the importance of liberation and resistance to hegemony. Yet we argue that, unlike many post-modern views that are largely negative, SDT is truly critical precisely because it posits a common human nature, which can be more or less supported and allowed to flourish in different cultural and institutional contexts.
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Self Determination, Social Theories, Graduate Study, Personal Autonomy, Educational Theories, Qualitative Research
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