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DAVOGLIO, Tarcia Rita; TIMM, Jordana Wruck; SANTOS, Bettina Steren dos  and  CONZATTI, Fernanda de Brito Kulmann. Basic psychological needs: operational definitions in higher education teaching. ETD [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.2, pp.510-531. ISSN 1676-2592.

Self-Determination Theory (SDT) maintains that the autonomous quality of motivation results from the balanced interaction between internal demands of the self and contextual nutrients from the satisfaction of basic psychological needs (NPB) of autonomy, competence and relatedness. This qualitative study aims to explore the operational definitions of NPB in the context of teaching in Higher Education. For this purpose, a sample of higher education academics answered, anonymously and voluntarily, three open questions, which analyzed by Discursive Textual Analysis. As a result, seven operational descriptors emerged defining autonomy, as well as a critical subcategory; seven of these are for competence and five for relatedness, which are discussed in detail and in relation to teaching in Higher Education. Although confined to a single sample, results are potentially relevant for our understanding and advances in the field of motivational as well as for the promotion of policies focusing on satisfying and meeting the psychological well-being of Higher Education faculty members.

Keywords : Education; Faculty Member; Motivation; Basic Psychological Needs.

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