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Kelly, James S. – Theory and Research in Education, 2012
Thomas Wartenberg offers his book as a guide that will provide elementary school teachers what they need to facilitate philosophical discussions with children. My concerns are centered on the nature and role of philosophical discussion, the level of philosophical acumen needed for facilitating such discussion, and the role of character development…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Philosophy, Educational Philosophy
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Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Soenens, Bart; Verstuyf, Joke; Lens, Willy – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
Various motivational frameworks converge to suggest that highlighting the relevance of a learning activity yields benefits for students' learning and performance. Herein, we review a set of studies grounded in self-determination theory's distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic goals, which show that the beneficial effect of a learning…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Cognitive Structures, Relevance (Education), Learning Activities
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Pelletier, Luc G.; Sharp, Elizabeth C. – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
The purpose of the present article is to review the contextual conditions that lead teachers to be more controlling rather than autonomy supportive with their students. Research indicates that the more teachers perceive that school administration thwarts their autonomy by imposing pressures on them, the less autonomous they are in their motivation…
Descriptors: School Administration, Professional Autonomy, Context Effect, Teaching Styles
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Assor, Avi; Kaplan, Haya; Feinberg, Ofra; Tal, Karen – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
We propose that self-determination theory's conceptualization of internalization may help school reformers overcome the recurrent problem of "the predictable failure of educational reform" (Sarason, 1993). Accordingly, we present a detailed learning and implementation structure to promote teachers' internalization and application of ideas and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Self Determination, Values, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Reeve, Johnmarshall; Halusic, Marc – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
We discuss how K-12 teachers can put motivational principles from self-determination theory into practice. To explain the "how to" of autonomy-supportive teaching, we answer eight frequently asked questions from teachers: What is the goal of autonomy-supportive teaching? How is autonomy-supportive teaching unique? Does autonomy support mean…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Motivation, Educational Principles, Self Determination
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Ntoumanis, Nikos; Standage, Martyn – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
This article presents a brief overview of empirical studies in school physical education (PE) that have employed self-determination theory (SDT) and, where relevant, proposes ideas for future research in this area. First, we review research on teachers' interpersonal style and its relation to students' motivation. Second, we discuss intervention…
Descriptors: Psychological Needs, Physical Education, Intervention, Student Motivation
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De-Shalit, Avner – Theory and Research in Education, 2005
Should lecturers who teach political philosophy hide their personal political beliefs? This question becomes interesting when lecturers face what seems to be morally repugnant policies, such as massive human rights violations. In such cases is there a conflict between a lecturer's civic and political obligations and his/her academic and…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Political Attitudes, Philosophy, Self Disclosure (Individuals)