Teachers’ Perspectives on Motivation in High School Distance Education

Murphy, Elizabeth and Rodriguez-Manzanares, Maria A. (2009) Teachers’ Perspectives on Motivation in High School Distance Education. Journal of Distance Education, 23 (3). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1916-6818

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Motivation in distance education (DE) has been studied mostly at the postsecondary level with few studies having been conducted at the high-school level. This paper breaks with this tradition by reporting on the perspectives on motivation of 42 Canadian high-school DE teachers. Data collection involved onehour long, semi-structured telephone interviews across the eastern, central, and western areas of the country. Data analysis of transcribed interviews resulted in the identification of 16 sub-categories which were further grouped under three main categories as follows: 1. Communication, Interaction, and Social Presence; 2. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators; and 3. Learner-Centered Designs. Findings are presented according to the 16 sub-categories and discussed in relation to the three categories and in relation to the theoretical and empirical literature.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/2447
Item ID: 2447
Keywords: Distance Education, Motivation, High School
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2009
Date Type: Publication
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