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ERIC Number: EJ928087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
E-Motivation! The Role of Popular Technology in Student Motivation and Retention
Price, Fiona
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v16 n2 p173-187 2011
This case study shows the imaginative methods adult learners use to stay motivated while studying. Respondents used social network sites and texts to motivate themselves, and each other, to continue studying. I call this innovative application of technology "e-motivation". Students used communication technology to transform their attitude, to change from wanting to leave to being motivated to stay. The research examined the learning journeys of two cohorts of students on higher education courses in a further education college (HE in FE), studying the Foundation Degree Learning Support (FDLS) and the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). Semi-structured interviews were held with eight respondents periodically during their two-year course. An online questionnaire was sent to students on the same courses in local FE colleges. If educational institutions encourage the use of popular technology there is potential for transformative student engagement, and a method to improve retention rates. ["E-Motivation! The Role of Popular Technology in Student Motivation and Retention" was written with Karima Kadi-Hanifi.] (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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