ERIC Number: EJ1023205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Why Do First-Year Students of German Lose Motivation during their First Year at University?
Studies in Higher Education, v38 n7 p951-971 2013
This article explores motivational changes of first-year students enrolled on German degree courses at two major UK universities. It reports on the qualitative data obtained by a longitudinal mixed-methods study, and focuses on the interplay between students' motivation and the higher education learning environment. In particular, the article aims to shed light on the significant decrease in intrinsic motivation experienced by students over the course of the first year. The qualitative data illustrate the importance of the right level of challenge for maintaining students' intrinsic motivation. It is suggested that there are three areas in which the level of challenge in the respective German degree courses may not be geared to students' needs: reading German literature, writing essays in German and grammar tuition. The article explores the reasons why students are struggling in these areas, and concludes by outlining pedagogical suggestions for how to counteract decreasing motivation during the first year at university.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Learning Motivation, German, Attitude Change, Student Motivation, Educational Environment, Student Experience, Second Language Learning, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews, German Literature, Reading Attitudes, Writing (Composition), Grammar, Student Attitudes, Performance Factors, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom