A data-driven path model of student attributes, affect, and engagement in a computer-based science inquiry microworld

Arnon Hershkovitz, Ryan S.J.D. Baker, Janice Gobert, Adam Nakama

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Abstract

Work in recent years has shown that a student's goals, attitudes, and beliefs towards learning impact their level of engagement during learning, and that engagement during learning plays a key role in learning outcomes. In this paper, we investigate the mechanisms through which a student's goals, attitudes, and beliefs impact the student's engaged and disengaged behaviors. In particular, we study whether affect is a mediating variable between learner attributes and engagement/disengagement during learning. To this end, we conduct exploratory path analysis on data from middle school learners who were conducting inquiry in science a microworld. We find weak but significant relationships between variables related to attitudes and beliefs and variables related to affective states and engagement. We present a path model that highlights boredom as an important mediator between a tendency towards avoiding novelty and off-task behavior during learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Pages167-174
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period2/07/126/07/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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