Interact with the Educational Psychology learning object located in the
left navigation bar for this week, ensure you have completed the
required reading, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance prior to
completing this discussion. It will assist you in testing your knowledge
and prepare you for this activity.
Self-determination theory suggests students’ academic motivation at
school can be understood in terms of three fundamental human
needs—autonomy, competence, and relatedness— that are essential for
optimal functioning, growth and integration, and social development and
personal well-being. For your initial post:
Think back to your middle and high school years. Briefly describe
how your school fostered a sense of autonomy, competence, and
Identify any trends in self-determination that were present at the
time you were in school and proved effective in fostering positive
Describe general areas of weakness in terms of these three needs.
Indicate what an ideal school that satisfies young people’s fundamental
needs might look like.
Lastly, examine the roles that parents, teachers, and schools have in fostering an environment to meet these needs.
Your initial post must be a minimum of 200 words and you must utilize at
least one scholarly source (e.g., the course textbook, a peer-reviewed
article from the Ashford University Library, or a professional web
source) that is cited according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford
Writing Center. For further assistance in researching scholarly sources,
please access the tutorials
on the Ashford University Library website.