Why autonomy-supportive interventions work: Explaining the professional development of teachers’ motivating style

Sung Hyeon Cheon, Johnmarshall Reeve, Youngsun Lee, Jae won Lee

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Abstract

Carefully designed interventions consistently help K-12 teachers learn how to implement a more autonomy-supportive classroom motivating style. In the present study, we investigated what resources teachers acquired during these interventions that explained why they are so able to successfully upgrade the quality of their motivating style. We randomly assigned 91 full-time teachers to participate or not in a year-long autonomy-supportive intervention program (ASIP), and we longitudinally assessed autonomy support and three hypothesized mediating resources—gains in need satisfaction during teaching, gains in teaching efficacy, and a greater adoption of intrinsic instructional goals. The ASIP did increase teachers’ autonomy support, as expected, and the two resources that explained this professional developmental achievement were intervention-enabled gains in teaching efficacy and intrinsic instructional goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume69
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • ASIP
  • Autonomy support
  • Intervention
  • Intrinsic goals
  • Self-determination theory
  • Teaching efficacy

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