ERIC Number: EJ1082104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
How Are Non-Geography Majors Motivated in a Large Introductory World Geography Course?
Park, Seung Won; Huynh, Niem Tu
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v39 n3 p386-406 2015
University students who do not declare geography as their major are at risk of poor motivation to learn in an introductory geography class. However, research exploring the role of non-majors' motivation is lacking. This study examines motivational factors impacting non-geography students' engagement and performance. The findings suggest that non-geography majors demonstrate deep engagement when they focus on mastering the content and value geography. Also, when students feel confident of learning geography, they are more likely to demonstrate a high level of achievement. The paper concludes with practical suggestions for enhancing non-geography students' motivation and engagement in an introductory geography class.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Motivation, World Geography, Nonmajors, Introductory Courses, Learner Engagement, Mastery Learning, High Achievement, Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, Questionnaires, Large Group Instruction, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire