Using Learning Contracts to Increase Student Motivation and Self-Direction

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A learning contract is a negotiated agreement in which a student develops an individualized learning plan with their instructor’s support. Learning contracts provide students with choice about how to complete class assignments within the framework of the course learning objectives (Knowles, 1986). There are five key elements of a learning contract (Knowles, 1987):

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