ERIC Number: EJ965293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Supporting Student Autonomy in Physical Education
Perlman, Dana; Webster, Collin A.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v82 n5 p46-49 May-Jun 2011
The lack of motivation among students is a common challenge in physical education. Studies drawing on the self-determination theory consistently show that perceived autonomy facilitates adaptive motivation in students, which can lead to a wide range of desired educational outcomes. However, instructional strategies designed to support student autonomy have not been delineated in the physical education literature. This article describes five key teaching behaviors, adapted from the general education literature, that can help physical education teachers to support their students' basic psychological need for autonomous learning.
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Psychological Needs, Physical Education, Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Physical Education Teachers, Student Empowerment, Participative Decision Making, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Motivation Techniques, Self Determination, Transformational Leadership, Achievement Need
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A