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The development of the five mini-theories of self-determination theory: an historical overview, emerging trends, and future directions

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Self-determination theory is a macro-theory of human motivation, emotion, and personality that has been under development for 40 years following the seminal work of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. Self-determination theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985b, 2000; Niemiec, Ryan, & Deci, in press; Ryan & Deci, 2000; Vansteenkiste, Ryan, & Deci, 2008) has been advanced in a cumulative, research-driven manner, as new ideas have been naturally and steadily integrated into the theory following sufficient empirical support, which has helped SDT maintain its internal consistency. To use a metaphor, the development of SDT is similar to the construction of a puzzle. Over the years, new pieces have been added to the theory once their fit was determined. At present, dozens of scholars throughout the world continue to add their piece to the ‘‘SDT puzzle,’’ and hundreds of practitioners working with all age groups, and in various domains and cultures, have used SDT to inform their practice. Herein, we provide an historical overview of the development of the five mini-theories (viz., cognitive evaluation theory, organismic integration theory, causality orientations theory, basic needs theory, and goal content theory) that constitute SDT, discuss emerging trends within those mini-theories, elucidate similarities with and differences from other theoretical frameworks, and suggest directions for future research
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Vansteenkiste, Maarten, Christopher P Niemiec, and Bart Soenens. 2010. “The Development of the Five Mini-theories of Self-determination Theory: An Historical Overview, Emerging Trends, and Future Directions.” In The Decade Ahead : Theoretical Perspectives on Motivation and Achievement, ed. Timothy C Urdan and Stuart A Karabenick , 16A:105–166. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
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Vansteenkiste, Maarten, Niemiec, C. P., & Soenens, B. (2010). The development of the five mini-theories of self-determination theory: an historical overview, emerging trends, and future directions. In T. C. Urdan & S. A. Karabenick (Eds.), The decade ahead : theoretical perspectives on motivation and achievement (Vol. 16A, pp. 105–166). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
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Vansteenkiste M, Niemiec CP, Soenens B. The development of the five mini-theories of self-determination theory: an historical overview, emerging trends, and future directions. In: Urdan TC, Karabenick SA, editors. The decade ahead : theoretical perspectives on motivation and achievement. Bingley, UK: Emerald; 2010. p. 105–66.
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Vansteenkiste, Maarten, Christopher P Niemiec, and Bart Soenens. “The Development of the Five Mini-theories of Self-determination Theory: An Historical Overview, Emerging Trends, and Future Directions.” The Decade Ahead : Theoretical Perspectives on Motivation and Achievement. Ed. Timothy C Urdan & Stuart A Karabenick . Vol. 16A. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2010. 105–166. Print.
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