Erika and Jeanette publish a new article in PIBBS on teacher autonomy support

See this review paper on teacher autonomy support that was recently published in Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Science by Erika and Jeanette here.

APA 2019: Erika receives the Snow Award and discusses her journey studying motivating practices

Patall_APA Snow awardHere’s Erika receiving the 2018 Richard E. Snow award for early contributions (Division 15 — Educational Psychology) from her friend and colleague Gale Sinatra at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Chicago in August 2019. Along with the award presentation, Erika had the opportunity to share her story about how she came to study motivating classroom practices and what she has learned.  So honored!

A video of Erika’s APA talk can be found here.


Talking about Taking Stock of Teacher Autonomy Support and Control: MERG at SDT7 in Amsterdam


Erika at SDT Day_03_050Erika gave a keynote talk at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands in May 2019. Her keynote discussed a recent meta-analysis with Sophia Yang Hooper on the effects of teacher autonomy support and control for students’ school outcomes. See the talk here.

It was also really exciting to see that MERG research was featured prominently in Richard Ryan’s plenary talk to kick off the conference and overview important developments in SDT research!!! We’re glad that others find our research useful!

Award for MERG Undergrad Jennifer Sung!

MERG undergraduate honors student, Jennifer Sung, received Honorable Mention in the social sciences category at the USC Undergraduate Research Symposium for her research on agentic engagement in U.S. urban high school classrooms. This is a big accomplishment. Way to go Jen! You deserve it!


AERA 2019

We were busy at AERA this year! See the list of some of the presentations below and some pictures. But, it was not all serious business. Erika (chair) and the rest of the Motivation in Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of AERA threw a great party Saturday night of the conference for the SIG!

Steingut, R.R., Patall, E. A., Pituch, K.A., & Vasquez A. C. (2019, April). Competence and rationale: interactions at multiple levels predict classroom engagement in science. Symposium session conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Patall, E. A. (2019, April). Drawing on self and reward perspectives to understand the benefits of choice. Symposium session conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Patall, E. A., Kennedy, A., Yates, N. M., Vallin, J. (2019, April) Promoting an agentic engagement mindset: Preliminary results for an intervention with college students. Poster session conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It’s About Time: Giving Serious Consideration to Race, Culture, and Equity in Motivation Scholarship (Erika Patall; chair of Invited session for Motivation in Education SIG)

Motivation in Education SIG Business meeting (Erika Patall; chair)


New paper on agentic engagement

MERG has a new paper in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology focused on the role of students’ daily agentic engagement in daily teacher autonomy support and students’ motivation during science class. Free access to the paper can be found here until April 5th.

Erika listed among most productive female scholars in educational psychology

A recent article from Greenbaum and colleagues (2018) in Educational Psychology Review examining top-producing female authors, editors, and editorial board members in five educational psychology journals (i.e., Cognition and Instruction, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Educational Psychology Review, and Journal of Educational Psychology) from 2009 to 2016 identified our very own Erika Patall among the most productive female scholars. That’s the good news.

The bad news: The top-producing women in the field have, on average, less seniority in the field than do top male authors. Male authors have more publications, on average, and more sole authorships and first authorships, as compared to female authors. No discernible progress has been made by women in terms of editorial board memberships or editorships since 2004. See the article here.