How does fostering personal volition support the achievement of relative mastery?

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How does promoting an individual’s personal volition affect their ability to achieve relative mastery?

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Experiments conducted in Belgium provide strong evidence to support the impact of intrinsic goals and autonomy-supportive learning climates on student’s abilities to learn, perform, and persist. The results of the field experiments were highly consistent with each other and lead to: positive learning-related outcomes, deeper processing, and more genuinely engaged students.

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