ERIC Number: EJ1111108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
The Effectiveness of Volition Support (VoS) in Promoting Students' Effort Regulation and Performance in an Online Mathematics Course
Kim, ChanMin; Bennekin, Kimberly N.
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v44 n4 p359-377 Aug 2016
The purposes of this study were to investigate (a) the effects of volition support (VoS) on students' motivation, effort regulation, and performance as well as (b) the perceptions of students about VoS in an online mathematics course offered at a community college. VoS was developed based on the theories of and research on volition (e.g., Corno in, "Educ Res" 22(2): 14-22, 1993; Gollwitzer in, "Am Psychol" 54: 493-503, 1999; Keller in, "Technol Instr Cognit Learn" 6(2): 79-104, 2008). VoS consists of the four stages: (1) goal initiation ("Want it"), (2) goal formation ("Plan for it"), (3) action control ("Do it"), and (4) emotion control ("Finish it"). A virtual change agent was designed into VoS to provide the support to students. Results indicated that the experimental group provided with VoS showed higher effort regulation and performance than a comparison group without VoS although there was no difference in motivation. Findings and implications for design of and research on VoS interventions are discussed.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Online Courses, Student Motivation, Student Attitudes, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Change Agents, Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Individual Power, Two Year College Students, College Mathematics, Electronic Learning
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Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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