Motivating children to learn: the role of technology education


DOI: 10.1007/s10798-010-9134-4

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Campbell, C. & Jane, B. Int J Technol Des Educ (2012) 22: 1. doi:10.1007/s10798-010-9134-4


Design and technology education provides children with opportunities to create solutions to specific needs in innovative ways. This paper reports on research that focused on the language that the children used when they were involved in a design and technology activity. In accessing the results of the language study, the findings suggest that the children’s motivation was high and played a significant role in children’s task engagement and persistence. Analysis revealed that there were several key ideas that the children focused on, namely: the fun experienced by participating in the activity, the difficulty of doing the task, the satisfaction of completing the task, the importance of social interaction and the frustrations surrounding aspects of the task. These affective factors that are related directly to motivation will be demonstrated through the children’s language responses to their participation in design and technology education.


MotivationAffective factorsLanguageLearningCreativity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deakin UniversityWaurn PondsAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMorningtonAustralia