UCL  IRIS
Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
Situational interest: using higher order rewards to create intrinsic motivation in the classroom
Abstract
There is a well-established association between motivation and learning but the processes involved are under-researched. In this series of three experimental studies we look at one aspect of how motivation is initially elicited, as captured by interest theory. According to interest theory, environmental triggers can elicit situational interest in a stimulus or activity that heightens attention, effort and perseverance as well as task enjoyment, essentially creating an intrinsically motivated interaction. Three experimental behavioural studies have operationalised three triggers with 9-10 year olds in a reading activity and found significant effects on reading comprehension performance (medium to large effect sizes) and reported task enjoyment (small effect sizes). Whilst intrinsic motivation can lead to consolidated learning and sustained academic achievement, extrinsic motivation can support learning in the short term but undermines established intrinsic motivation, findings supported by neuroscientific studies. This talk explores this research and looks at the possible implications of situational interest operating as a higher order reward.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers
Author
IOE - Social Research Institute
Author
IOE - Psychology & Human Development
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by