Proposal Title

A Cross Sectional Study of Student Motivation in Undergraduate STEM Courses

Co-Authors

Christopher Niemiec, University of Rochester

Track

Research Project / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

This research project examined students’ academic motivation according to the Self Determination Theory (SDT): amotivation, extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation. The Self-Regulation Questionnaire was modified to compute a relative autonomy index (RAI) and was administered at the beginning and end of two consecutive semesters to undergraduate students enrolled in five classes: Principles of Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II and Human Anatomy and Physiology I. 1,305 surveys (response rate 73%) were included in the data analysis. The data from the study indicated that students’ motivation as measured by the RAI is lacking in intrinsic motivation, a type of motivation that supports better academic outcomes. In fact, the highest endorsement of items was often associated with external and introjected styles of motivation.

Session Objectives:

Provide basic tenants of SDT

Present the adapted instrument used in the project and its reliability data

Present results of the study

Learning outcomes for participants:

Participants will learn about SDT, academic motivation in undergraduate STEM students, and the new adapted instrument to measure motivation. Participants will discuss implications of these findings for teaching STEM classes and share ideas about strategies that can lead to a more internalized form of academic motivation.

Proposal Description

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Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 113

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 31st, 4:00 PM Mar 31st, 5:00 PM

A Cross Sectional Study of Student Motivation in Undergraduate STEM Courses

Room 113

This research project examined students’ academic motivation according to the Self Determination Theory (SDT): amotivation, extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation. The Self-Regulation Questionnaire was modified to compute a relative autonomy index (RAI) and was administered at the beginning and end of two consecutive semesters to undergraduate students enrolled in five classes: Principles of Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II and Human Anatomy and Physiology I. 1,305 surveys (response rate 73%) were included in the data analysis. The data from the study indicated that students’ motivation as measured by the RAI is lacking in intrinsic motivation, a type of motivation that supports better academic outcomes. In fact, the highest endorsement of items was often associated with external and introjected styles of motivation.

Session Objectives:

Provide basic tenants of SDT

Present the adapted instrument used in the project and its reliability data

Present results of the study

Learning outcomes for participants:

Participants will learn about SDT, academic motivation in undergraduate STEM students, and the new adapted instrument to measure motivation. Participants will discuss implications of these findings for teaching STEM classes and share ideas about strategies that can lead to a more internalized form of academic motivation.