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Supporting motivation in collaborative learning: Challenges in the face of an uncertain future

Vauras, M., Volet, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-8450-6663 and Bobbitt Nolen, S. (2019) Supporting motivation in collaborative learning: Challenges in the face of an uncertain future. In: Gonida, E.N. and Lemos, M.S., (eds.) Motivation in Education at a Time of Global Change. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., pp. 187-203.

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This chapter aims to seek insight into engagement in context, conceived through Productive Disciplinary Engagement (PDE), which can be perceived as a condition for sustained disciplinary and interdisciplinary interest and motivation. Despite ongoing trends in the design and implementation of enriched learning environments that are expected to boost effective use of material and digital tools along with new sources of information, the empirical research on their motivational and emotional consequences is still in its infancy. These environments challenge, cognitively as well as motivationally, emotionally, and socially, both students and teachers alike. Keeping in mind the challenging times for future learning and work-life, engagement and motivation are discussed with a focus on science disciplines. In these fields, there is a strong call for proficient skills in collaborative team learning, problem-solving, and collective knowledge creation in anticipation of an uncertain, challenging future. Knowledge-intensive work and knowledge demands are escalating along with fast technological development, and simultaneously tasks that demand new, not yet even existing and partly unpredicted knowledge and expertise are increasing. In addition, knowledge and expertise are progressively more distributed, with new knowledge, products and innovations being created in collaboration that crosses disciplinary borders. In this chapter, three case illustrations in different science fields and learning contexts provide empirical evidence for the discussion on the learned lessons from these illustrated studies designed to support PDE, and the potential significance of PDE for productive collaboration, sustained disciplinary interest, and motivation given later development of adaptive expertise.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Copyright: © 2019 by Emerald Publishing Limited
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