Supporting Students' Motivation, Engagement, and Learning During an Uninteresting Activity

  title={Supporting Students' Motivation, Engagement, and Learning During an Uninteresting Activity},
  author={Hyungshim Jang},
  journal={Journal of Educational Psychology},
  • Hyungshim Jang
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Educational Psychology
The present study examined the capacity of 2 different theoretical models of motivation to explain why an externally provided rationale often supports students' motivation, engagement, and learning during relatively uninteresting learning activities. One hundred thirty-six undergraduates (108 women, 28 men) worked on an uninteresting 20-min lesson after either receiving or not receiving a rationale. Participants who received the rationale showed greater identified regulation, interest-enhancing… 

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