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ERIC Number: EJ1017020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Designing Digital Problem Based Learning Tasks that Motivate Students
van Loon, Anne-Marieke; Ros, Anje; Martens, Rob
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v21 n4 p409-432 Oct 2013
This study examines whether teachers are able to apply the principles of autonomy support and structure support in designing digital problem based learning (PBL) tasks. We examine whether these tasks are more autonomy- and structure-supportive and whether primary and secondary school students experience greater autonomy, competence, and motivation in these tasks. Participants were 184 fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and 20 teachers. The results showed that teachers indicated that their digital PBL tasks were more autonomy- and structure-supportive after completing the training. Furthermore, students' perceived autonomy, perceived competence, and intrinsic motivation in the digital PBL tasks were higher after teachers completed the training. In addition, there was an interaction effect between training and school type on perceived autonomy, perceived competence, and intrinsic motivation. Compared to primary school students, secondary school students evidenced a greater increase in perceived autonomy, perceived competence, and intrinsic motivation on the PBL tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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