Using Technology to Motivate Students to Learn Social Studies
Tina Heafner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
CITE Journal Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Many teachers struggle with motivating students to learn. This is especially prevalent in social studies classrooms in which students perceive social studies as boring (Schug, Todd, & Berry, 1984; Shaughnessy & Haladyana, 1985). This article advocates the use of technology in social studies as a means to motivate students by engaging students in the learning process with the use of a familiar instructional tool that improves students' self-efficacy and self-worth. The potential that technology has to motivate students is discussed as it relates to expectancy-value model of motivation which focuses three areas of motivational theory (Pintrich & Schunk, 1996): value (students' beliefs about the importance or value of a task), expectancy (students' beliefs about their ability or skill to perform the task), and affective (emotional reactions to the task and self-worth evaluation).
Heafner, T. (2004). Using Technology to Motivate Students to Learn Social Studies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 4(1), 42-53. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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