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Motivational Orientation in a Problem-Based Learning Environment
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, Texas A&M University, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 14, Number 1, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This study employed a mixed methods design to examine students' motivational orientation (intrinsic/extrinsic) during problem-based learning (PBL), comparing it to their orientation during typical class activities. Participants were regular education students who used Alien Rescue, a computer based PBL program designed for sixth grade science. Analysis of the quantitative data shows that students demonstrate more intrinsically motivated behavior during PBL than during their regular class activities. The qualitative data suggest that the greater opportunity for collaboration and student control over class activities afforded by PBL may partially account for students' enhanced motivation, though the media-rich, game-like environment offered by the software program, a lack of extrinsic motivators, as well as the novelty of the approach for these learners may also have encouraged an intrinsic orientation. Implications of the findings for the design of PBL programs are discussed.

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Pedersen, S. (2003). Motivational Orientation in a Problem-Based Learning Environment. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 14(1), 51-77. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 26, 2019 from .

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