This presentation will review existing frameworks for youth motivation in STEM, highlight issues related to motivation and youth engagement with technology/new media in STEM, and offer strategies for motivating youth to pursue STEM pathways.
Sarita Pillai (chair), ITEST Learning Resource Center; Michele Masucci, Building Information Technology Skills among North Philadelphia Youth (bITS); Kathy Hayden, iQUEST: Investigations for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers; Eli Tucker-Raymond, Bridging Math and Digital Media Creation
- Welcome and introductions (5 min)
- Review of existing frameworks of youth motivation in STEM (10 min)
- ITEST project presentations to include a discussion of the following questions: (20 min)
- How do you define motivation? What are the key related concepts? What underlying assumptions (theoretical models) does your project employ in motivating youth?
- What is our aim in motivating youth? Why does it matter?
- How is/was motivation measured, observed and represented in your project? If motivation was not a primary, explicit outcome of your project, in what ways did you see it present and how did you respond?
- Q&A/Discussion (20 min)
We would like to open the floor to session attendees and project participants to engage in a discussion about models of motivation and measurement that make sense in learning contexts that use technology as a central tool.
- Close (5 min)
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Moses, O. (2006). The Young People's Project: Strategy for organizational expansion. Chicago: The Young People's Project.
Nuttin, J. (1984). Motivation, planning, and action. Motivational theory of behavior dynamics. P. Lorion & J. E. Dumas (Trans.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Oyserman, D. & Destin, M. (2010). Identity-based motivation: Implications for intervention. The Counseling Psychologist 38, 1001-1043.