“Regard me”: A case study of learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in professional development.

Abstract:

Learner engagement and motivation are essential for deep and sustained learning. And yet, they are seldom included in 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 in-depth 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.

Last updated on 11/14/2017