"Regard me": Learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in professional development

Presentation Date: 

Saturday, April 14, 2018


American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY

Presentation Slides: 

Learner engagement and motivation are essential for deep and sustained learning, and yet they are seldom included in empirical frameworks for effective professional development. In this critical case study, I explore this gap by applying the lens of self-determination theory (SDT) to analyze a transformative professional learning experience. Noting the ways in which learner motivation and pedagogical strategies combine to satisfy the basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness and to transform teaching practice, I offer theoretical and practical implications for the design and study of professional development.