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Stephen Downes

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I once offered a four-part model of autonomy as my attempt to answer this question (and questions like it). So I find that this two-part model falls a bit short. It includes 'volition' and 'positive action'. But it leaves out epistemic status (that is, the knowledge to act purposefully) and outcome (the idea that your actions actually have an effect). And as so many authors in education are wont to do, the author undermines autonomy even as it is granted: "it is necessary to both create an environment that supports moving motivation to the right and also to support students internalizing learning as a goal."

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