The majority of the experimental studies are focused on the benefits of providing students with choices in the learning environment. Options in materials, tools, content, format, etc. all have been shown to increase student motivation and engagement. Other studies focus more specifically upon the importance of providing students with greater autonomy and control in order to develop a sense of ownership for their own learning. The scholarly reviews and opinion pieces provide more classroom-based perspectives on the advantages of embedding student choice and autonomy into curricula.
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