Motivation and Engagement in Various Learning Environments

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by:
Margareta M. Thomson, North Carolina State University

Published 2024

The current volume, entitled Motivation and Engagement in Various Learning Environments, includes research studies from different domains related to students’ motivation, engagement and learning, parents’ experiences, and teachers’ involvement with novel interdisciplinary programs. Different perspectives are presented in this collection of work, namely those of students, teachers, and parents. This volume compiles research on motivation and engagement in various domains, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Literacy, Design, and Computer Science. A particular focus is placed on interdisciplinarity, as learning occurs across multiple domains, and in various contexts, such as formal and informal education. Additionally, the current volume provides examples of studies discussing different modalities in designing and implementing innovative educational programs, inquiry-based learning, and useful applications for instruction. Motivation and Engagement in Various Learning Environments appeals to a wide audience, including researchers, teachers, parents, students, and education specialists.

Preface. Introduction, Margareta M. Thomson. Developing Students’ Motivation for Science and STEM via Role Models: An Interdisciplinary Program Intervention, Margareta M. Thomson, Irina Pop-Pacurar, and Oana Negru-Subtirica. Science-Related Beliefs and Attitudes of Parents: Building Students’ Interests and Career Aspirations, M. Gail Jones, Katherine Chesnutt, Megan Ennes, Daniel Macher, and Manuela Paechter. Approaching STEAM via Inquiry-Based Responses to Big Questions: How “Epistemic Insight” Changes Informal Science Learning, Finley I. Lawson, Stefan Colley, and Berry Billingsley. Investigatory Approaches to the Teaching and Learning of History: Using a Constructivist Inquiry-Based Scientific Method, James Percival. Creativity and Design-Based Markerspaces Influences on Student Motivation in Engineering Education, Micaha Dean Hughes. Teaching Science in Charter Schools: Facilities, Equipment, and Teacher Preparation, Pamela M. Huff and M. Gail Jones. Motivations for Technology Use Among Mothers of Young Children: Tech as a Tool for Self-Determination, Catherine Noonan. Students’ Perception of Scientists and Their Work: Stereotypes and Misconceptions, Margareta M. Thomson and Zarifa Zakaria. Examining Motivation Among Elementary-Aged African-American Students: A Review of Socio-Cognitive and Expectancy-Value Constructs, Quaneisha Smith, and Margareta M. Thomson. Research Experiences for Teachers in a Cognitive Apprenticeship Program: Motivations, Emotions, and Instructional Changes, Margareta M. Thomson. Case Study: The Process Behind Developing an Environmental Education Program, Hannah M. A. Rickets, K. A. I. Nekaris, Marco Campera, and Muhammad Ali Imron. Enhancing Students’ Engagement in Learning Sciences Through Project-Based Science: Using Digital Technologies Support, Miriam Kenyeres and Irina Pop-Pacurar. About the Editor. About the Contributors.