The Influence of Situational Factors on the Nurturance of Personal Interest and Perceived Competence

The Influence of Situational Factors on the Nurturance of Personal Interest and Perceived Competence

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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether situational factors could be used to induce and nurture interest in the domain of technology among preservice teachers. Rooted in the theoretical concepts of situational and personal interest, a field experiment using a quasi-experimental design was conducted with four intact classrooms. Two independent variables---level of learner involvement and the meaningfulness of the lessons presented---were manipulated, resulting in three experimental and one control group. A mixed methods approach was used to collect closed- and open-ended data before and after the six-week intervention. Results indicated that directly talking about why a lesson is meaningful has the greatest influence on maintaining situational interest and nurturing personal interest. Also, having learners involved in a hands-on environment supports the development of perceived competence. Qualitative analyses of open-ended responses indicated that the majority of the preservice teachers valued technology and were interested to learn about its uses for educators based on a variety of reasons. Limitations of the study, including the use of a field experiment, specific extraneous variables, and generalizability, were discussed. Implications focus on the design of learning environments to influence motivational outcomes.... by reading nursery rhymes used in the elementary classes, then chose one to create a storyboard to plan his or her multimedia project. ... The middle-school class evaluated their creations using a rubric they developed, burned them onto a CD- ROM and as a final evaluation of ... which allowed them to make notes on their photos, along with track, share, and compare their data with other groups in theiranbsp;...


Title:The Influence of Situational Factors on the Nurturance of Personal Interest and Perceived Competence
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Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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