Developing Responsible and Autonomous Learners: A Key to Motivating Students


“Most teachers are frustrated by their unmotivated students. What they may not know is how important the connection is between student motivation and self-determination. Research has shown that motivation is related to whether or not students have opportunities to be autonomous and to make important academic choices. Having choices allows children to feel that they have control or ownership over their own learning. This, in turn, helps them develop a sense of responsibility and self-motivation. When students feel a sense of ownership, they want to engage in academic tasks and persist in learning. “

– Barbara McCombs, PhD, University of Denver

http://www.apa.org/education/k12/learners.aspx

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