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ERIC Number: EJ785503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Methods and Techniques: The First Day of Class Affects Student Motivation--An Experimental Study
Wilson, Janie H.; Wilson, Shauna B.
Teaching of Psychology, v34 n4 p226-230 Dec 2007
Teaching experts assert that the first day of class impacts students, with potential negative effects lasting the entire term. However, no empirical research supports this supposition. We randomly assigned students to view a video of their professor either providing a positive or negative first-day experience. Students with the positive experience reported better attitudes and more positive expectations at the end of the first day. Although several differences dissipated by the end of the first week, students with the positive first-day experience reported higher motivation for the majority of the course, and their grades were significantly higher by the end of the term. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 3 notes.)
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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