Self-Determination Theory By Edward Deci And City Schools

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Note: Any advice or suggestion I bring up may be wrong to some degree because I come from a small town and the education system is different here than compared to the city schools.
Self-determination theory is a theory by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan that states that people need autonomy, competence, and relatedness in order to feel intrinsic motivated (Doing something because of the pleasure, satisfaction, and interest in the activity itself). Self-determination theory is grounded in the humanistic tradition, which emphasizes responsibility, growth, and the actualizing tendency. It views the individual as an active organism seeking the best way, not merely to survive, but also to grow and develop. The three psychological needs posited by self-determination
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This system does come with it problems such as money, we cannot have 50 different classes for a class size of 150, this is not practical. This can lead to problems nevertheless it is not a concern for me because the courses do not have to be specific. For example, instead of having a specific class such as children therapy, they can set up classes such as the development of people (useful for many careers), psychology (useful to many people), interpersonal skills (useful to everyone to some degree), etc. The trick is to have enough options to allow students to feel as though they have a choice but have the classes be general enough so that they can be applied to the most students.
2. Competence`: individuals also need to feel competent at their pursuit, achieving mastery at tasks that are neither, too easy nor too hard for them. In order to achieve competence you must already have autonomy, otherwise whatever hard task you mastered won’t mean much unless it is something you care about. For example, if I were to get the highest history mark I would not care too much because I know history will not help me in any way with children therapy. I feel that the best way to achieve competence in our students is to let them go at their
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Relatedness: individuals also need to feel they have meaningful relationships with people around them, like peers or supervisors. This is the need for relatedness; feeling of being connected to others, having people care for, and receive care from. I personally do not want improve this in schools for many reasons. (1) Schools are trying too hard to be a comfortable home environment instead of a place of knowledge and I do see this currently negativity affect our school system such as according to a lot of university professors the degree of entitlement has gone up in students consequently, students are having a harder time adjusting to universities. (2) I find any inclusion programs, especial for new students, to be cheesy, and not working. We should not force or pressure peers into hanging out with new people or just people in general. Instead the schools should just promote and value being a good person who is kind to everyone. To use me for example, I am as kind-hearted as it gets, but I would never want to be include in an inclusion program because it just seems fake to me nevertheless I still feel as though I made connections with people I never meet before and helped total strangers in school. In conclusion the school should just promote a positive environment so the student will not be grumpy towards one another, let the student be natural towards their peers to allow the best types of friends to flourish and to set up free counselling to help students who just

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