Supporting Student Autonomy in Physical Education
Authors: Perlman, Dana; Webster, Collin A.
Source: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1 May 2011, vol. 82, no. 5, pp. 1-60(60)
Abstract:The lack of motivation among students is a common challenge in physical education. Studies drawing on the self-determination theory consistently show that perceived autonomy facilitates adaptive motivation in students, which can lead to a wide range of desired educational outcomes. However, instructional strategies designed to support student autonomy have not been delineated in the physical education literature. This article describes five key teaching behaviors, adapted from the general education literature, that can help physical education teachers to support their students' basic psychological need for autonomous learning. The download option below is for the full issue of this publication.
Document Type: Research Article