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Activating positive affective experiences in the classroom: «Nice to have» or something more?


Buff, A; Reusser, K; Rakoczy, K; Pauli, C (2011). Activating positive affective experiences in the classroom: «Nice to have» or something more? Learning and Instruction, 21(3):452-466.

Abstract

This study investigated students’ activating positive affective experiences in mathematics
lessons, their antecedents, their cognitive and motivational consequences, as well as their
effect on achievement. The participants were 682 Grade 8 and 9 students from 37 classes
from Germany and Switzerland who participated in a video study of lessons on the
Pythagorean theorem. Control and value beliefs as well as autonomy support proved to be
relevant predictors of positive affective experiences. Moreover, positive affective experiences
were associated with more cognitive activity during the lessons, which for its part predicted
achievement in the posttest. In a follow-up test, there was also an indirect effect of positive
affective experiences on achievement, mediated by cognitive activity and expectancy of
success.

Abstract

This study investigated students’ activating positive affective experiences in mathematics
lessons, their antecedents, their cognitive and motivational consequences, as well as their
effect on achievement. The participants were 682 Grade 8 and 9 students from 37 classes
from Germany and Switzerland who participated in a video study of lessons on the
Pythagorean theorem. Control and value beliefs as well as autonomy support proved to be
relevant predictors of positive affective experiences. Moreover, positive affective experiences
were associated with more cognitive activity during the lessons, which for its part predicted
achievement in the posttest. In a follow-up test, there was also an indirect effect of positive
affective experiences on achievement, mediated by cognitive activity and expectancy of
success.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:11 Jan 2012 08:02
Last Modified:07 Apr 2017 17:17
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0959-4752
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2010.07.008
Official URL:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959475210000575

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