ERIC Number: ED373755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Curiosity, Motivation, and "Flow" in Computer-Based Instruction.
Rotto, Luther I.
The relations among curiosity, intrinsic motivation, and the "flow" state of absorbed participation as defined by Csikszentmihalyi are explored. Specifically, the roles curiosity plays in triggering and maintaining a flow state in learners who are engaged in an interactive lesson are considered. There has not been much research on curiosity, but studies tend to confirm the presence of curiosity through observable and quantifiable behaviors. They suggest that its presence results in improved learning and performance, that it can be aroused, and that aroused learners will persist and be self-sufficient in pursuing learning goals. In interactive learning, curiosity would seem to have a central, although not completely understood, role. At its most basic, Csikzentmihalyi's flow state is simply a description of people enjoying themselves. It represents a desired state for those who create educational environments, including computer-assisted instructional environments. The flow state becomes a practical goal in computer-assisted instruction. (Contains 39 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Csikszentmihalyi (Mihaly)
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.