Enhancing students' motivation with autonomy-supportive classrooms

Rong Chang, Eriko Fukuda, James Durham, Todd D. Little

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Motivation is one of the most important factors that influences how students will approach learning. This chapter introduces the importance of autonomy-supportive classrooms, and why it is important to promote students' autonomy in learning. First, we describe how students can be motivated to learn from the viewpoint of Self-Determination Theory (SDT) and the factors that may support students' motivation in learning. Second, we present five practical guidelines on how to promote student-centered teaching practices that support student's autonomy: (a) communication of teacher's expectations and acknowledgement of student's feelings; (b) provision of more choices and removal of controlling events for learning; (c) student's active participation; (d) positive and informational feedback, and (e) structured guidance. Finally, the factors negatively contribute to insufficiency of teacher's autonomy are also examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment of Self-Determination Through the Life-Course
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media B.V.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789402410426
ISBN (Print)9789402410402
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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