COMPUTATIONAL THINKING: MOTIVATION TO LEARN IN TERTIARY EDUCATION
R. Robert Gajewski Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)
Abstract: The paper presents an educational case study – investigation of motivation towards learning computing and computational thinking in tertiary education. In the first part of the paper background of the study is presented – why it was necessary to try to measure motivation. The second part describes the three motivation surveys known in the literature – Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) and Model of Academic Motivation Inventory MUSIC. The next part describes a survey in which the Model of Academic Motivation Inventory was used. Statistical results of MUSIC Inventory are presented and answers to one of the five open-ended questions are discussed. Preliminary cluster analysis is performed which is the part of ongoing research. Final remarks include an open question – is it possible to increase students’ motivation and, if it is, how to do this?
Keywords: motivation, learning, computing, computational thinking
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