First purpose of this study is to present basic materials for varied and balanced research and
development in the field of self-determination theory with analysis of research trend by year, by
content, and by method of theses related with self-determination theory. Second purpose of this
study was to clarify relationships between self-determination and academic achievement in Korea
by conducting a meta-analytic review. For the purpose of the analysis of tends of in research on
self-determination, 105 volumes with articles on self-determination theory were selected from 44
reliable Korean academic journals. For this meta-analysis, We reviewed 31 correlational studies of
self-reported achievement goals, which comprised a total of 25,034 participants. Results on
analysis of trends showed that the changes by year were that the number of qualitative
researches increased from 1 articles in 2001 to 20 articles in 2011. The greatest amount of
research content concerned organismic integration theory. Most research methods were empirical
studies. The most used measurement scale was K-SRQ-A(Kim, 2002). Most data analysis were
by structure equation/factor analysis. The results showed that intrinsic motivation, identified
regulation and introjected regulation positively correlated with academic achievement, whereas
external regulation and amotivation negatively correlated with academic achievement goals.
Identified regulation, in particular, had a larger effect size than intrinsic motivation. Need for
competence, meanwhile, had a larger effect size than need for autonomy and need for relatedness.
Significance and implications of this research were discussed.