Promoting Students’ Interest and Motivation Towards Science Learning : the Role of Personal Needs and Motivation Orientations

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Loukomies , A , Pnevmatikos , D , Lavonen , J , Spyrtou , A , Byman , R , Kariotoglou , P & Juuti , K 2013 , ' Promoting Students’ Interest and Motivation Towards Science Learning : the Role of Personal Needs and Motivation Orientations ' , Research in Science Education , vol. 43 , no. 6 , pp. 2517-2539 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-013-9370-1

Title: Promoting Students’ Interest and Motivation Towards Science Learning : the Role of Personal Needs and Motivation Orientations
Author: Loukomies, Anni; Pnevmatikos, Dimitris; Lavonen, Jari; Spyrtou, Anna; Byman, Reijo; Kariotoglou, Petros; Juuti, Kalle
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Viikki Teacher Training School, University of Helsinki, alaluokat
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Research in Science Education
ISSN: 0157-244X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232681
Abstract: This study aimed to design a teaching sequence for science education that enabled lower secondary school students to enhance their motivation towards science. Further, it looked to examine the way the designed teaching sequence affected students with different motivational profiles. Industry site visits, with embodied theory-based motivational features were included as part of the designed teaching sequence. The sequence was implemented in Finland and Greece with 54 participants, 27 from each country. Quantitative data was collected using the Evaluation of Science Inquiry Activities Questionnaire, based on the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory but did not map the expected outcomes. Interviews, however, showed that students with different motivational profiles found aspects within the module that met their psychological needs as explained by Self-Determination Theory. The results offer a perspective to adolescents’ psychological needs along with some insights into how students mediate the way they value an activity in the context of science education.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
motivation orientation
psychological needs
industry site visit
science education
self-determination theory
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