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Project-Based Service Learning and Student MotivationWe know from motivation theory that enhanced motivation in students leads to increases inengagement and active learning, mastery, and general well-being and fulfillment. We know lessabout the types of instructional strategies and curricular interventions that work to enhancestudent motivation in a typical engineering course. Grounded in self-determination motivationtheory and expectancy-value motivation theory, the purpose of this research is to evaluate howthe context of project-based service learning affects student motivation in a requiredundergraduate Mechanical Engineering course – Component Design.Our research aims to answer: 1) How does project-based service learning affect students’intrinsic motivation for engineering as compared to conventional (non-service) project-basedlearning? 2) How do students value a project-based service learning activity differently than theyvalue a conventional project-based learning activity? 3) How does project-based service learningaffect student engagement in the course as compared to conventional project-based learning?The research, which began in 2009, will be completed over a three-year period. The students andactivities in Component Design, an existing junior-level course, will serve as the research focus.Specifically, we will integrate project-based service learning curriculum into a required designand build activity for Component Design students. Using a conventional design project as thecontrol, we will investigate how the context of project-based service learning affects studentmotivation. A mixed-methods assessment strategy will be employed. Both quantitative data frompre- and post- project surveys and qualitative data from interviews and focus groups will beevaluated.This paper will discuss the research design, theoretical framework, and the impact of theconventional project-based learning activity on student motivation in Component Design.
Rockenbaugh, L. A., & Kotys-Schwartz, D. A., & Reamon, D. T. (2011, June), Project-Based Service Learning and Student Motivation Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18854
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