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Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning

Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning

“Giving students access to meaningful choice by providing options that are culturally relevant, age‐relevant, and personalized and contextualized to students' lives will promote intrinsic motivation (Rose & Meyer, 2002)...To be intrinsically motivated to engage in a learning task, especially one that requires prolonged effort and focus, a student must feel that they are capable of achieving success and competence within that task (Deci & Ryan, 1985)...To experience an optimal challenge, students should be provided with choices of intermediate difficulty, as determined by each student's abilities and developmental level (Katz & Assessor, 2007).” (p.89) “To help ensure students can fully benefit from the provision of autonomy‐supportive, competence‐enhancing choice, teachers can try to ensure students have a sufficiently restricted set of options and sufficient time to choose among them.” (p.90)

Evans, M., & Boucher, A. R. (2015). Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning. Mind, Brain, and Education, 9(2), 87-91. doi:10.1111/mbe.12073

Resource Theme(s): Developing capstone curriculum to enhance student achievement, Understanding student autonomy to enhance student achievement

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