An Autonomy Support Motivation Intervention with Pre-Service Teachers: Do the Strategies that They Intend to Use Change?

  • Author / Creator
    Radil, Amanda I.
  • Self-Determination Theory posits that autonomy is one of three psychological needs whose fulfillment leads to an optimally motivating learning environment. A quasi-experimental design was used to see if the motivational strategies that preservice teachers intended to use in their classrooms changed after they were presented with an evidence-based autonomy-support motivation intervention. A mixed randomized-repeated measures ANOVA revealed that the strategies change significantly in comparison to a control group, with both a main effect of time (F (1,60) = 13.84, p > .001) and a significant interaction effect (F (1,60) = 8.07, p = .01). Analysis revealed that preservice teachers in both groups endorsed autonomy-supportive motivational strategies at similar levels before the intervention; those who took part in the intervention endorsed significantly more autonomy-supportive strategies after the intervention than the control group. The effects of novelty and usefulness of content were explored. Implications, suggestions for further research and future applications are discussed.

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    Fall 2012
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    Master of Education
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