Avi Assor is Professor Emeritus of Educational and School Psychology at Ben Gurion University (BGU), Israel. His research focuses on socializing processes affecting children’s autonomous internalization of values and autonomous motivation. Within this general domain, he focuses on the harms of conditional parental regard, and the benefits of teachers’ and parents’ support for youth development of values, interests and goals, providing an experience of having an authentic inner compass. Recently, he has been focusing on the benefits of the needs for freedom and authentic inner compass as two essential components of the meta-need for autonomy. Other recent projects involve the development of a model of socio-emotional learning based on SDT, and the development of a video- and simulation- based program to enhance educators’ capacity to support students’ basic needs and autonomous value internalization. He has published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is on the editorial board of the journal of Motivation and Emotion.
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