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Introduction to Self-Determination Theory

Self-determination theory (SDT) is an empirically based theory of motivation and psychological development that is especially focused on the basic psychological needs that promote high quality motivation and wellness, and how they are supported in social contexts. SDT details how the styles and strategies of motivators such as parents, teachers, coaches, managers, and health-care professionals can promote or undermine engagement and the positive consequences that follow from it. In this course, Professor Richard Ryan, co-founder of the theory, will provide an overview of SDT with special emphasis on how autonomy, competence, and relatedness supports and facilitates behavioral persistence, quality of relationships, and healthy developmental processes, among other topics. He will also discuss the convergence of behavioral phenomenological and neuropsychological aspects of autonomy within SDT research. In addition, he will illustrate practical applications of SDT, with emphasis on educational, work, sport, healthcare and psychotherapy settings.

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Length 6 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours per week
Starts Apr 5 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Rochester via Coursera
Instructor Richard Ryan
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Subjects Science Social Sciences
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But the first week gave good readings and nice video's by Richard Ryan on the SDT.

It is a privellege to learn about this theory from Dr Richard Ryan, the confidence he has in the material he is teaching certainly makes the theory all the more convincing.

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Rating 4.9 based on 34 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours per week
Starts Apr 5 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Rochester via Coursera
Instructor Richard Ryan
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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