Self Determination Theory: Self-Conditioning To High School Life

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Sometimes it is hard to adjust to new situations, like going from elementary school to high school. Some students struggle with stress and anxiety when adjusting to high school life. Teachers tend to expect more from their students and the grades are more important. Balancing every aspect of life such as grades, friends, sports, clubs, and family can be difficult. There is also the fact that in school' class='brand-secondary'>high school, the student population tends to be bigger and many of the student’s friends from elementary school will not be in the same high school as the student. The student is uncomfortable in this new environment. But, there are other factors that can contribute to a student’s adjustment to high school life, such as peer influence and the motivation…show more content…
Deci and Richard M. Ryan (1975)
The Self-Determination Theory (SDT) represents an outline for the study of human motivation and personality. When looking at a task, we assess it in terms of how well it meets our needs to feel capable and in control. If we think we will be able to accomplish the task, we will be intrinsically motivated to accomplish the task, requiring no further external motivation.
Where a person has a stronger internal locus of control they will feel they are in control of how they behave. When they have a stronger external locus of control, they will think that the environment or others, such as peers, have a greater influence over what they do (Self Determination Theory, n.d.).

Social Learning Theory by Albert Bandura (1977)
In the Social Learning Theory, Albert Bandura (1977) states behavior is learned from the environment through the method of observational learning. Individuals that are observed are called models. In society, adolescents are influenced by many models, such as parents within the family, characters on TV, friends within their peer group and teachers at school. They pay attention to these people (models) and imitate their behavior. At a later time they may copy the behavior they have observed. The motivation to identify with a particular model is that they have a quality which the individual would like to acquire. An example would be an adolescent trying to follow the peer models in his or her peer group (Mcleod,
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