Academic boredom, engagement and the achievement of undergraduate students at university: a review and synthesis of relevant literature

Sharp, John and Sharp, Jane C. and Young, Emma (2019) Academic boredom, engagement and the achievement of undergraduate students at university: a review and synthesis of relevant literature. Research Papers in Education . pp. 1-41. ISSN 0267-1522

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2018.1536891

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This review and synthesis of relevant literature considers the nature of boredom and boredom proneness in general terms before
focusing on how the academic boredom experienced by undergraduates at university is sufficiently different from other known types to warrant a unique and important field of study. Derived from within the literature itself, academic boredom is commonly presented as a largely negative and deactivating achievement related emotion known to impact usually adversely on student engagement and performance. Tracing traditional as well as contemporary views from within psychology, which has tended to dominate the field, findings that remain largely quantitative and highly statistical in nature are exemplified alongside the more exploratory but mixed-methods and educational work recently conducted in the UK. A comparison of the questionnaire-based self-report instruments frequently used in data collection is also included. Rooted largely within Control-Value Theory, the implications associated with academic boredom are far from trivial, particularly with respect to understanding sites and triggers, how students respond and cope and how the overall quality of the student experience might be improved. Limitations in the work undertaken to date draw attention to opportunities for further educational and interdisciplinary research.

Keywords:academic boredom, student engagement, achievement, undergraduate, Control-Value Theory
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:35916
Deposited On:14 May 2019 08:33

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