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Närområdesexkursioner och inre motivation för bättre lärande: en studie i svenska gymnasieskolan
Uppsala Universitet.
Högskolan i Gävle.
2015 (Swedish)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, no 2015:1, 22-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper reports results from two locally based geography excursions at two secondary schools in Sweden, in order to study how the pupils’ own experience from the local neighborhood, intrinsic motivation, and flow interact during the learning process to see if these parameters affect their understanding and knowledge of the studied objects. The methods used were observations during the excursions, as well as interviews and questionnaires afterwards. The results show that the pupils believe that they learn more when studying objects in their natural environment, i.e. outside their classroom. Furthermore, the results show that intrinsic motivation may be difficult, but not impossible, to achieve, and also that there are good opportunities for attaining flow. If the pupils can see patterns and structures of the objects and processes studied, they will start understand and gain knowledge. This process will increase chances for intrinsic motivation, which will further increase understanding and knowledge, and attaining flow. Once achieved, a spiral process of continued flow, continued intrinsic motivation, and increasing knowledge may be maintained.

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Karlstad: CSD Karlstad , 2015. no 2015:1, 22-46 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36071OAI: diva2:814515
Available from: 2015-05-27 Created: 2015-05-23 Last updated: 2015-05-27Bibliographically approved

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