Self Determination

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“It is becoming increasingly clear that all students benefit when they are able to take deliberate control over their lives and learning…Thus, as we are considering bigger picture goals for students, it will also help to identify the kinds of knowledge, beliefs, skills, and strategies that underlie an individual’s capacity to be self determining (Butler, Schnellert & Perry, 2017, p. 44).”

While self-determination and self- regulation share common attributes (see Figure 1) it is important to remember that they are also two goals that exist separately from each other. In chapter 4 of DEVELOPING SELF REGULATING LEARNERS, Butler, Schnellert and Perry observe that fostering the capacity for self-determination is essential to developing self-regulation.

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