June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.1041.1 - 26.1041.12
Investigating the Relationship between Faculty Knowledge of Self Determination Theory and the Learning Environment on Student Outcomes N. Brown, K. Sobhan, E. An, R. Sherman, N. Romance Florida Atlantic UniversityAbstractThe relationship between the faculty knowledge of Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci &Ryan, 1985) and the actual classroom environment has not been researched in engineeringdisciplines in terms of student outcomes. While research supports the relationshipbetween/among motivation, autonomy and student learning, little empirical research has focusedon the combined components of SDT (autonomy, competence and relatedness), facultyknowledge of SDT, its translation into undergraduate engineering instruction, and the impact onstudent learning.The primary objective of this study was to simultaneously assess the relationship betweenFaculty knowledge of SDT, the classroom learning environment and student outcomes (i.e.learning). The research design and measurement framework are developed through a meaningfulcollaboration between the researchers from Engineering, Psychology, and Education. Thisproject also takes advantage of current standards and techniques employed in the field of Social-Cognitive Psychology. From a broad perspective, this field provides a framework to guide andsupport how individuals (faculty and students) perceive, interpret and remember theirinteractions with each other. This paper overviews the initial faculty perceptions of autonomyand aspects of the SDT faculty workshop. Additionally, it presents analyses from three waves ofstudent surveys from over 250 undergraduates that were conducted in Fall 2013 through Fall2014. Nearly 50 engineering Faculty participated across the same period of time. Analyseshighlight the relationship between faculty knowledge and student perception of the classroomlearning environment as they relate to student learning outcomes.
Brown, N. A., & Sobhan, K., & An, E., & Sherman, R. A., & Romance, N. (2015, June), Investigating the Relationship among Faculty Knowledge of Self Determination Theory, the Classroom Learning Environment, and Engineering Student Outcomes Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24378
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