Opportunities of student influence as a context for the development of engineering students' study motivation
2008 (English)In: Social Psychology of Education, ISSN 1381-2890, Vol. 11, no 1, 79-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This longitudinal paper draws on data from a larger ongoing project and examineshow students conceive of their opportunities to influence their study environment and how thismay be related to their self-efficacy beliefs and their study motivation. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyze semi-structured in-depth interviews of 10 students of a Masters Program in Engineering. The results indicate that most students had confidence in their opportunities to influence their study environment and believed influencing could increase self-efficacy beliefs and study motivation. The high content of problem solving in courses was the principal motivator. Students that either perceived their opportunities to influence the study environment as not highly important or as satisfactorywere more motivated and performed better than other students. Findings have implications for students’ motivation and performance if educators inform students of their formal and informal opportunities to influence their study environment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2008. Vol. 11, no 1, 79-94 p.
Higher education, intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, student influence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20427DOI: 10.1007/s11218-007-9037-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20427DiVA: diva2:234355