ERIC Number: ED394814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-2
Parallel Courses: Comparison (and Convergence) of Adolescent Motivational Processes in Informal and Formal Science Education Settings.
Pyle, Eric J.
The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to describe adolescent motivational processes. Early adolescents (N=137), their accompanying adults, and venue staff members were interviewed and observed in specific informal science education venues. A typological analysis of the data revealed: (1) activities by early adolescents take place within social groups that mirror stages in the development of self-regulated behaviors, (2) adolescents displayed a primary intrinsic motivational process as well as a linked secondary motivational process which was generally an instrumental or consummatory process, (3) evaluations of experiences within the venues contained elements of intrinsic motivational processes as well as instrumental and/or consummatory processes, and (4) adolescents in each venue went through similar types of motivational processes and actions. Next the constructions were translated into salient constructs which were used to develop a vignette-based questionnaire which was administered to 45 adolescents in the original sites and also used to develop motivational instructional approaches in formal science education environments. Results from the formal environment were nearly identical to those in the informal environment on all six constructs. Contains 65 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (69th, St. Louis, MO, April 2, 1996).