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ERIC Number: EJ763593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
A Comparative Analysis of Student Motivation in Traditional Classroom and E-Learning Courses
Rovai, Alfred; Ponton, Michael; Wighting, Mervyn; Baker, Jason
International Journal on E-Learning, v6 n3 p413-432 Jul 2007
Multivariate analysis of variance was used to determine if there were differences in seven measures of motivation between students enrolled in 12 e-learning and 12 traditional classroom university courses (N = 353). Study results provide evidence that e-learning students possess stronger intrinsic motivation than on-campus students who attend face-to-face classes on three intrinsic motivation measures: (a) to know, (b) to accomplish things, and (c) to experience stimulation. There were no differences in either three extrinsic motivation measures or amotivation. Additionally, graduate students reported stronger intrinsic motivation than undergraduate students in both e-learning and traditional courses. However, there was no evidence of motivational differences based on ethnicity. Recommendations for further research are provided. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia