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ERIC Number: EJ870714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Examining Self-Determination in a Service Learning Course
Levesque-Bristol, Chantal; Stanek, Layla R.
Teaching of Psychology, v36 n4 p262-266 2009
This article examines students' perceptions of the learning environment in a service learning research course and increases in student motivation and skill development. According to self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), positive learning environments increase levels of student motivation and learning outcomes. Survey responses revealed that students perceived the learning environment as positive and that their level of motivation, including intrinsic motivation, increased over the semester. Students also self-reported significant gains in knowledge and skills. Service learning appears to be an autonomy-supportive teaching tool that can enhance classroom environment and student engagement. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri