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Teaching quality: High school students’ autonomy and competence

Jaime León, Elena Medina-Garrido and Miriam Ortega

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Background: How teachers manage class learning and interact with students affects students’ motivation and engagement. However, it could be that the effect of students’ representation of teaching quality on the students’ motivation varies between classes. Method: Students from 90 classes participated in the study. We used multilevel random structural equation modeling to analyze whether the relationship of the students’ perception of teaching quality (as an indicator of the students’ mental representation) and students’ motivation varies between classes, and if this variability depends on the class assessment of teaching quality (as an indicator of teaching quality). Results: The effect of teachers’ structure on the regression slope of student perception of student competence was .127. The effect of teachers’ autonomy support on the regression slope of student perception of student autonomy was .066. Conclusions: With this study we contribute a more detailed description of the relationship between teaching quality, competence and autonomy.

Calidad didáctica: autonomía y competencia en alumnos de Educación Secundaria. Antecedentes: la calidad didáctica de los profesores de Secundaria afecta a la motivación e implicación de sus estudiantes. Sin embargo, podría ser que la relación entre la motivación y la representación mental que crea el alumnado de la calidad didáctica de su profesor varíe entre las clases. Método: estudiantes de 90 clases de Secundaria participaron en el estudio. Se utilizó un modelo multinivel de ecuaciones estructurales. Resultados: el efecto del estilo didáctico sobre la pendiente de regresión de la percepción de la estructuración del aula sobre la competencia fue .127. Mientras que sobre la pendiente de la percepción del apoyo a la autonomía sobre la propia autonomía fue .066. Conclusiones: con este estudio contribuimos a describir con más detalle la relación que existe entre la calidad didáctica, la autonomía y la competencia de los estudiantes.


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