ERIC Number: ED373646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Motivation and Classroom Environment on the Satisfaction of Noncredit Continuing Education Students. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Fujita-Starck, Pamela J.; Thompson, John A.
This study examined the functional relationships among motivation, perceived classroom environment, and student satisfaction, for three major curricular groups: arts and leisure programs, personal development programs, and professional development programs. The sample included 1,180 students enrolled in noncredit courses at the College of Continuing Education and Community Service at the University of Hawaii. The study empirically validated R. Boshier's Education Participation Scale and G. Darkenwald's Adult Classroom Environment Scale with a relatively large sample of students who voluntarily participated in their learning experiences and who were primarily motivated by the desire to satisfy the need to know, unaffected by grades or the requirements of a degree program. Findings revealed that each curricular group had a distinctive set of student characteristics and reasons for participation, and preferred particular kinds of classroom environments which emphasized a different mix of environmental domains. Results confirmed the multidimensional nature of satisfaction, and suggested that certain types of learning environments may be more satisfying to students with certain types of learning motivations. (Contains 30 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Environment, Continuing Education, Higher Education, Individual Development, Leisure Education, Noncredit Courses, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Development, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Hawaii
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).