ERIC Number: EJ1140077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Emotion in Informal Science Learning: Testing an Exploratory Model
Staus, Nancy L.; Falk, John H.
Mind, Brain, and Education, v11 n2 p45-53 Jun 2017
Although there is substantial research on the effect of emotions on educational outcomes in the classroom, relatively little is known about how emotion affects learning in informal science contexts. We examined the role of emotion in the context of an informal science learning experience by utilizing a path model to investigate the relationships among emotional arousal, valence, attention, environmental values and learning outcomes. Sixty undergraduate and graduate students participated in one of two treatments consisting of watching an exciting or neutral nature documentary video, reading an associated narrative, and taking a post-test. Our findings suggested that higher emotional arousal, less pleasant feelings about the content, and stronger environmental values led to greater short-term learning outcomes. We discuss our findings in relation to current understandings of emotion and learning in informal science education settings.
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Science Instruction, Informal Education, Path Analysis, Arousal Patterns, Attention, Environmental Influences, College Students, Documentaries, Video Technology, Reading Materials, Tests, Values, Influences
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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