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From Fear to Self-Expression: The Contextual Nature of Physics Students’ Motivations
written by Ben Van Dusen and Valerie K. Otero
This study utilizes a sociocultural interpretation of Self-Determination Theory to better understand the role that learning contexts play in generating student motivation, engagement, and identity. By drawing on previous motivation research we develop a model that describes how a student's sense of belonging in a social setting can transform their goals and experiences. We use the extremes of fear and integrity to model a student's motivation to engage in activities. A student's sense of connection and belonging (or not) in a social setting drives whether she feels integrated with or alienated from her environment. Our model is based on three studies and suggests that a sense of belonging emerges through the alignment of goals and practices of the individual and an activity. This model is applied to two examples to illustrate how social connection or isolation can be exhibited in a physics classroom setting. We conclude by discussing the role of the teacher in designing classroom environments that support students engaging.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 255-258
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Education Foundations
- Behavior
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- Student Characteristics
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.060
PACSs:
01.30.Cc
01.40.ek
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2014, autonomy, competence, identity, integrity, relatedness, self-determination theory
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 5, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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B. Van Dusen and V. Otero, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13500&DocID=4095).
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B. Van Dusen and V. Otero, From Fear to Self-Expression: The Contextual Nature of Physics Students’ Motivations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13500&DocID=4095>.
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Van Dusen, B., & Otero, V. (2014, July 30-31). From Fear to Self-Expression: The Contextual Nature of Physics Students’ Motivations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13500&DocID=4095
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Van Dusen, Ben, and Valerie Otero. "From Fear to Self-Expression: The Contextual Nature of Physics Students’ Motivations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13500&DocID=4095 (accessed 11 December 2017).
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Van Dusen, Ben, and Valerie Otero. "From Fear to Self-Expression: The Contextual Nature of Physics Students’ Motivations." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 255-258 of PER Conference. 11 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13500&DocID=4095>.
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