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Building Autonomous Learners

Perspectives from Research and Practice using Self-Determination Theory

  • Woon Chia Liu
  • John Chee Keng Wang
  • Richard M. Ryan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Woon Chia Liu, John Chee Keng Wang, Richard M. Ryan
    Pages 1-7
  3. Leen Haerens, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Nathalie Aelterman, Lynn Van den Berghe
    Pages 59-81
  4. Luc G. Pelletier, Meredith Rocchi
    Pages 107-127
  5. Wai Cheong Eugene Chew
    Pages 185-205
  6. John Chee Keng Wang, Betsy L. L. Ng, Woon Chia Liu, Richard M. Ryan
    Pages 227-243

About this book


This edited work presents a collection of papers on motivation research in education around the globe. Pursuing a uniquely international approach, it also features selected research studies conducted in Singapore under the auspices of the Motivation in Educational Research Lab, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

A total of 15 chapters include some of the latest findings on theory and practical applications alike, prepared by internationally respected researchers in the field of motivation research in education. Each author provides his/her perspective and practical strategies on how to maximize motivation in the classroom. Individual chapters focus on theoretical and practical considerations, parental involvement, teachers’ motivation, ways to create a self-motivating classroom, use of ICT, and nurturing a passion for learning.

The book will appeal to several different audiences: firstly, policymakers in education, school leaders and teachers will find it a valuable resource. Secondly, it offers a helpful guide for researchers and teacher educators in pre-service and postgraduate teacher education programmes. And thirdly, parents who want to help their children pursue lifelong learning will benefit from reading this book.


Autonomous motivation Autonomy-Supportive Teaching Children’s Academic Motivation Intrinsic Motivation and Lifelong Learning Motivation and technology Motivation in Educational Research Motivation in classroom Parental Involvement Students’ Motivation Teachers’ Motivation

Editors and affiliations

  • Woon Chia Liu
    • 1
  • John Chee Keng Wang
    • 2
  • Richard M. Ryan
    • 3
  1. 1.National Inst of EduSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National Inst of EduSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Faculty of Health SciencesAustralian Catholic UniversityStrathfieldAustralia

About the editors

C. K. John Wang, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He received his Ph.D. (Sport and Exercise Psychology) in 2001 from Loughborough University. Dr Wang is a Chartered Psychologist and an associate fellow of British Psychological Society. He is registered with the Health Professions Council of UK as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He leads the Motivation in Educational Research Lab (MERL) in NIE.  His areas of research lie in the area of achievement motivation, talent development environment, self-regulation, and statistical analyses. 
Woon-Chia Liu is the Dean of Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She is also an associate professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group and a founding member of NIE’s Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. Currently, she is the President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. She represents Singapore in the World Education Research Association (WERA) Council. Her research interests include motivation, clinical practice, mentoring, e-portfolio, as well as innovative teaching strategies such as problem-based learning.
Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., is Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and a Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Rochester.  Ryan is a widely published researcher and theorist with over three hundred papers and books in the areas of human motivation, personality, and psychological well-being. He is co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, a theory of human motivation that has been internationally researched and applied. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and an Honorary Member of the German Psychological Society (DGP).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building Autonomous Learners
  • Book Subtitle Perspectives from Research and Practice using Self-Determination Theory
  • Editors Woon Chia Liu
    John Chee Keng Wang
    Richard M. Ryan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-287-629-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-1305-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-630-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Psychology
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