ERIC Number: ED362198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
What Motivates Graduate Students? A Descriptive Study.
This study sought to describe graduate students' opinions of selected learning activities encountered in large-group, teacher-led instructional contexts. The subjects, 40 graduate students of instructional technology at a major western university, completed a questionnaire. The instrument asked subjects to rate each of ten alternative learning activities along five dimensions: frequency the activity is encountered; interest in the activity; effectiveness of the activity as a learning tool; motivational appeal of the activity; and last, desire for greater exposure to the given activity. Results indicated that lecture is the most frequently encountered activity, while also the least motivating and effective. Further, subjects indicated a strong preference for greater exposure to more active, challenging activities such as problem solving, case studies, and small group work. Four statistical tables ranking the ten learning activities are included, and an example of the instrument used to collect data is appended. (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.