Self-Determination Theory (SDT): Perspective, Applications and Impact

Susan L. Wade (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is one of the most widely studied perspectives of human motivation. It has garnered the attention of prominent scholars and applied practitioners around the globe from a variety of disciplines such as business, healthcare, education, and sports. This book provides new research in the study of SDT. Chapter One provides a self-determination theory perspective on gender differences in pro-environmental behaviors. Chapter Two reviews a small body of literature regarding the study of college student athletes from a SDT perspective. Chapter Three explores relations between teaching qualifications and feelings of autonomy, competence, and relatedness towards medical teaching. Chapter Four uses the motivational typology in self-determination theory to explore the egoistic side of public service motivation. Chapter Five provides a historical overview of incentives and Operant Theory; explains how SDT developed in part as a reaction to the Operant paradigm of the mid-20th century; identifies nine faulty assumptions that led SDT astray; and introduces a relatively new construct, incentive salience, as a way to reconcile the observed compatibility between incentives and SDT. Chapter Six elucidates ethnic differences on depressive symptoms by examining the satisfaction of all three basic psychological needs as the underlying mechanism/mediator between ethnicity and depressive symptoms. Chapter Seven reviews the impact of significant people on students’ motivation to learn English in Vietnamese higher education. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Gender Differences in Pro-Environmental Behaviors: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Wiset Bumrungwong, Lydia Zepeda and Anna Reznickova (JitArsa Bank, Bangkok, Thailand, and others)

Chapter 2. Self-Determination Theory and College Student Athletes
Brigid Byrd and Jeffrey J. Martin (Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sports Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA)

Chapter 3. Relating Teaching Qualifications and Basic Need Satisfaction in Medical Teaching
Rik Engbers, Cornelia R. M. G. Fluit, Sanneke Bolhuis, Roderick Sluiter, Paul M. J. Stuyt, and Roland F. J. M. Laan (Radboudumc Health Academy, Department for Research on Learning and Education, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 4. Moving from Public Service Motivation (PSM) to Motivation for Public Service (MPS): Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory
Chengwei Xu and Chung-An Chen (Public Policy and Global Affairs, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Chapter 5. Forget the Overjustification Effect: Salience-to-Performance Explains why Extrinsic Incentives and Intrinsic Motivation are Compatible
Jessica M. Nicklin (Associate Professor, University of Hartford, CT, USA, Christopher P. Cerasoli, Consultant, The Group for Organizational Effectiveness, Inc. (gOE) and Ruth S. Sanchez, University of Hartford, CT, USA)

Chapter 6. Ethnic Differences between Asians and European Americans in Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction and Depressive Symptoms
Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, Jin You and Qian Lu (Department of Psychology, University of Houston, USA, and others)

Chapter 7. The Impact of Significant People on Students’ Motivation to Learn English in Vietnamese Higher Education
Huong Ngo, Amanda Mergler and Rebecca Spooner-Lane (Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)


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