The development of student agency in secondary education is an important, yet underdeveloped aim in the curriculum. Agency is the will and capability to transform one’s life and develops in interaction with others. It is not a purely individual capacity, for an agent thrives in a form of collective agency, which is based on the human need for relatedness.

Student agency is defined as the ability to increasingly take control of the learning process. It is associated with better grades, well-being and contribution to the learning environment. This research aims to provide teachers tools to stimulate student agency and to monitor its growth.

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https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/iclon/schoots-student-agency-in-secondary-school