Self Determination Theory
OTE: Answer all question sets (A, B, C, and D), and answer all the elements of each question set.
The following sets of questions ask about work that you are doing currently or have done previously. If you do different work in different settings, do not write about them all: select just one type of work that occurs in one setting. Keep in mind that we are defining “work” broadly, so unpaid work, such as household work or caregiving, is included.
A. Referring to the one type of work in the single setting that you selected, answer the following questions based on Self-Determination Theory (see section 8.4.5 on pp. 202-203 in our textbook, and review the notes and recorded lecture on Blackboard):
Describe specific ways the work setting does and/or does not support your need for autonomy (i.e., the sense that you are choosing and directing your actions).
Describe specific ways the work setting does and/or does not support your need for competence (i.e., your sense of being competent at the activity/behavior).
Describe specific ways the work setting does and/or does not support your need for relatedness (i.e., caring about others and feeling cared for by them).
From the following statements, select the one that most represents your reasons for doing the work:
“I would get into trouble if I did not do the work.”
“I would feel guilty or ashamed if I did not do the work.”
“It is personally important to me do the work.”
“It is fun to do the work; I enjoy doing it.”
Describe how your needs satisfaction (autonomy, competence, and relatedness) in the work setting explains (i.e., is correlated to) the reason for doing the work that you selected (a, b, c, or d). (NOTE: item a = external regulation, b = introjected regulation, c = identified regulation, and d = integrated/intrinsic regulation).
B. Figure 7.1 in our textbook (see p. 158) describes John Holland’s six basic types of vocational interests. Refer to that figure and use the worksheet on Holland’s types to determine your vocational theme(s) (Holland’s General Occupational Themes.pdf).
Referring specifically to the skills, qualities, and interests associated with your vocational theme(s), describe how the match or mismatch between your vocational interests and your work explains your motivation and self-efficacy (i.e., your belief in your ability to successfully complete the tasks associated with the work) for doing the work.
C. Use the worksheet for the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) to determine your MBTI type (MBTI Worksheet and Fact Sheets.pdf).
Referring specifically to the skills, qualities, and interests associated with your MBTI type, describe how the match or mismatch between your type and your work explains your motivation and self-efficacy (i.e., your belief in your ability to successfully complete the tasks associated with the work) for doing the work.
D. The preceding questions explore the links between motivation and self-efficacy for work and needs fulfillment and person-environment fit.
Identify additional important factors aside from needs fulfillment and person-environment fit, and explain how those factors impact your motivation and self-efficacy for work.For more information on Self Determination Theory check on this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination_theory
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