Development of Self-Determination Through the Life-Course

  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
  • Karrie A. Shogren
  • Todd D. Little
  • Shane J. Lopez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Overview of Self-Determination and Theories of Self-Determination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, Todd D. Little, Shane J. Lopez
      Pages 3-16
    3. Karrie A. Shogren, Todd D. Little, Michael L. Wehmeyer
      Pages 17-26
    4. Nicole Adams, Todd D. Little, Richard M. Ryan
      Pages 47-54
    5. Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Susan B. Palmer
      Pages 55-67
  3. Developmental Origins and Life-Course Trajectory of Self-Determination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-70
    2. Susan B. Palmer, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 71-88
    3. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 89-98
    4. Rong Chang, Eriko Fukuda, James Durham, Todd D. Little
      Pages 99-110
    5. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 111-123
    6. Robert J. Vallerand, Maylys Rapaport
      Pages 125-143
    7. Philip McCallion, Lisa A. Ferretti
      Pages 145-158
    8. Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer
      Pages 159-168
  4. Self-Determination Theory and Healthy Psychological Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Luther K. Griffin, Nicole Adams, Todd D. Little
      Pages 189-196
  5. The Development of Volitional Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer
      Pages 199-207

About this book


This volume examines the developmental aspects of the general psychological construct of self-determination. The term refers to self- (vs. other-) caused action—to people acting volitionally—as based on their own will. Research conducted in the fields of psychology and education shows the importance of self-determination to adolescent development and positive adult outcomes. The first part of this volume presents an overview of theories and historical antecedents of the construct. It looks at the role of self-determination in major theories of human agentic behavior and of adolescent development and individuation. The second part of the volume examines the developmental origins and the trajectory of self-determination in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and looks as aging aspects. The next part presents studies on the evolutionary aspects, individual differences and healthy psychological development. The last part of the book covers the development of causal and agentic capability.  


Aplication of Self-Determination Developmental Psychology Developmental aspects of self-determination Personality Psychology in the early 1930s Research on Self-Determination Theories of Self-Determination Organismic Perspective of Self-Determination Causal Agency Theory Adolescent Developmental Theories Relationships Motivation Theory Functional Model of Self-Determined Behavior Life Course Trajectory of Self-Determination Enhancing Student's Motivation Passion and Adult Development Aging and Self-Determination Development of Agentic Action

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
    • 1
  • Karrie A. Shogren
    • 2
  • Todd D. Little
    • 3
  • Shane J. Lopez
    • 4
  1. 1.Special EducationUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Special EducationUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Educational Psychology and LeadershipTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  4. 4.Gallup and The Clifton Strengths SchoolOmahaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1040-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1042-6
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