Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Facilitating Learning and Wellness in Schools - Prof. Richard Ryan

Below is the live stream-cast of Professor Rich Ryan’s Keynote presentation on Facilitating Learning and Wellness in Schools.

Professor Ryan is the co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, a perspective that has been applied across the world in areas such as education, child development, work, medicine, and sport.

Students’ engagement, performance, and well-being are strongly affected by the quality of their motivation, and the basic psychological need satisfactions they experience in the classroom. In turn, classroom climate is deeply affected by teachers’ motivation, and the climate in schools set by principals. Self-determination theory (SDT) details how the styles and strategies of motivators such as teachers, coaches, and parents can promote or undermine experiences of autonomy, competence and relatedness in school and the positive motivational and learning consequences that follow from these satisfactions. In this talk, Professor Ryan provides an overview of the SDT approach, with special emphasis on students’, teachers’, and principals’ motivation, persistence, and well-being. In addition, he emphasizes the practical issues in implementing strategies that catalyze high quality motivation in the classroom, and among school staff.

Following his presentation, is a short Q&A session to explore Professor Ryan’s work in more detail and discusses its application in NSW schools.

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