Directly controlling teacher behaviors as predictors of poor motivation and engagement in girls and boys: The role of anger and anxiety

Avi Assor, Haya Kaplan, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Guy Roth

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Abstract

We focused on potential effects of directly controlling teacher behaviors (DCTB), such as giving frequent directives, interfering with children's preferred pace of learning, and not allowing critical and independent opinions. We hypothesized that children's perceptions of their teachers as directly controlling would arouse anger and anxiety in children, and these emotions would enhance a-motivation and extrinsic motivation, which, respectively, would undermine intensive academic engagement and promote restricted engagement. Three hundred and nineteen Israeli 4th-5th graders completed questionnaires assessing the variables of interest. The extent to which children showed intensive academic engagement was assessed by their primary teachers. Path analyses supported the expected relations. DCTB appear particularly harmful because they lead to a-motivation that is intertwined with anger and anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-413
Number of pages17
JournalLearning and Instruction
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Autonomy support
  • Control
  • Emotion
  • Engagement
  • Gender differences
  • Motivation
  • Teachers' behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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