ERIC Number: EJ785339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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The Effects of a Web-Based Learning Environment on Student Motivation in a High School Earth Science Course
Wang, Shiang-Kwei; Reeves, Thomas C.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v54 n6 p597-621 Dec 2006
Collaborating closely with a 10th-grade science teacher, we designed a Web-based learning environment (Web-LE) to improve student motivation to learn science. Factors believed to enhance intrinsic motivation (challenge, control, curiosity, and fantasy) were integrated into the instructional design of the Web-based learning tool. The Web-LE was implemented in the teacher's 10th-grade classroom as a three-day student-centered learning activity. Data collection methods included individual student interviews, teacher interviews, motivation questionnaires, and observations. This study revealed multiple forms of evidence that the Web-LE and the associated learning activity improved student motivation. This study illustrates the benefits of educational researchers working closely with teachers using design-based research methods to successfully solve instructional problems and identify reusable design principles. Design principles for the integration of intrinsic motivation factors into the development of similar Web-LEs are presented as well as directions for future research.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Grade 10, Research Methodology, Student Motivation, Learning Motivation, Earth Science, Science Teachers, Educational Environment, Internet, Educational Researchers, Web Based Instruction, Science Instruction, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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