Honors Projects


Halle PattonFollow


The purpose of this research project is to investigate how giving students autonomy can affect the way they learn and participate in a STEM environment. Autonomy-Supportive Teaching occurs when students take ownership throughout the entire learning process, becoming more actively engaged and motivated due to the personal responsibility that they feel to learn. Our education system is primarily made up of teacher-centered environments. However, the change to student-centered learning could be revolutionary. By making educational environments geared towards student interest and choice, it could increase both motivation and internalization– two factors that make a successful student. Research was conducted in an informal learning environment– a STEM camp facilitated by BGSU education majors in local communities. Observations and interviews were carried out to report on the experiences of the facilitators. The results support a teacher to student centered transition with student success as the central aspiration.




Early Childhood Education – Inclusive

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Roberts

First Advisor Department

School of Teaching and Learning

Second Advisor

Dr. Audrey Roberts

Second Advisor Department

Educational Foundations and Inquiry

Third Advisor

Dr. Kate Brodeur

Third Advisor Department

School of Teaching and Learning

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2024