Expectation, motivation, engagement and ownership: using student reflections in the conative and affective domains to enhance residential field courses

Scott, Graham W. and Humphries, Stuart and Henri, Dominic C. (2019) Expectation, motivation, engagement and ownership: using student reflections in the conative and affective domains to enhance residential field courses. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43 (3). pp. 280-298. ISSN 0309-8265

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1608516

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Residential field courses are important and should be designed and delivered to maximize their value to students, staff and institutions. In this context, we use a novel approach involving analysis of the daily affective and conative reflections of students immersed in the field course experience to better understand student engagement with fieldwork. We show that students base their field course choice on a range of factors (costs and benefits) and that these choices subsequently influence student expectations and motivation to engage with fieldwork. We also show that the motivation of students to engage with fieldwork-based learning varies from person to person and from day to day. Our findings suggest that having a more nuanced understanding of the decisions students make when deciding which field course to enrol upon would enhance our ability to design attractive, accessible and useful field courses; that having an awareness of the expectations of students around field courses would enable us to better prepare them to undertake them; and that students are more motivated when they are afforded an opportunity to work independently and perceive themselves to have ownership of their learning.

Keywords:Fieldwork, Field course, motivation, engagement, reflection
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C150 Environmental Biology
X Education > X390 Academic studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:35860
Deposited On:09 May 2019 08:25

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