Dear colleagues, Professor Christopher Niemiec from the University of Rochester will be visiting us in November and giving a workshop on self-determination theory in education on Tuesday 8.11. at 9-12 (Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, Minervatori rooms K222.1 & K222.2). The title of the workshop is “Self-determination theory: An approach to enhancing students’ motivation and wellness”. […]
The debate on Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants has been going on for a while now. This is our contribution from the viewpoint of what engages digital natives, published in new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Surveying the research literature, we present findings as to what pursuits digital natives […]
If you read this post, might this be because you have a passion for research, or a passion for surfing in the internet, or maybe just a passing interest? During the last decade, motivational researchers have intensively studied what it means to experience a passion, and to what degree the experience of passion is beneficial, […]
This recent study examined whether high school students with different motivational (i.e., achievement goal orientation) profiles display different patterns of socio-digital participation. The results showed that adaptive motivational orientations towards school were also associated with higher ICT-skills and use of ICT for academic purposes. In turn, more maladaptive orientations were associated with being more likely to use social media intensively (especially so for girls), and with more intense gaming (especially for boys).
The doctoral dissertation by Antti-Tuomas Pulkka examines the role that adult students’ achievement goal orientations play in their perceptions of their learning environment (course evaluations) and performance. The samples came from the National Defence University.
In a series of studies we have examined the interplay and developmental dynamics between student motivation, academic achievement, and well-being (Tuominen-Soini, Salmela-Aro, & Niemivirta, 2008, 2011, 2012). Read more about these findings from the latest PATHFINDER.
The higher the level of school engagement, the lower the level of school burnout – this is the overall picture. However, a study published in the latest issue of Developmental Psychology demonstrates that Finnish high school students display divergent patterns of school engagement and burnout.