The effect of teacher behaviour on students motivation and learning outcomes: a review

  • Vello Hein Institute of Sport and Coaching SciencesFaculty of Exercise and Sport SciencesUniversity of Tartu5 Jakobi Street, 51014 Tartu
Keywords: autonomy supportive and controlling teacher behaviour, teaching styles, self-determined behaviour


The aim of the current paper is to bring together insights from research on teacher behaviour related with student's motivation and learning in physical education. Teacher behaviour is analysed in terms of two independent behaviour dimensions called teacher interpersonal behaviour and teaching styles (methods). The analysis is based on self-determination theory. More specifically, the effect of the autonomy supportive and controlling teacher on student's motivation and learning outcome in physical education context are discussed. Also, a brief review of the instruments to measure controlling and autonomy supportive teacher's behaviour is presented.


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