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Can Boredom in the Classroom Enhance the Learning Experience?

Can Boredom in the Classroom Enhance the Learning Experience?

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Title: Can Boredom in the Classroom Enhance the Learning Experience?
Author: Mugon, Jhotisha
Danckert, James
Eastwood, John D.
Identifier: 00351
Abstract: There is a lack of evidence for the claim that experiencing boredom (in the classroom) negatively impacts attention and academic performance. The authors of this chapter argue that boredom can enrich the learning experience in three ways. Firstly, students’ boredom serves as a signal to teachers that learning is no longer occurring. Thus, this signal prompts teachers to modify elements of the learning environment so that students can successfully re-engage with course content. Secondly, since boredom is an aversive state, individuals are motivated to reduce their boredom by focusing their attention on an activity or subject matter. It is in this manner that boredom may enable an individual to become interested in a topic they have never explored. Thirdly, boredom can motivate students to re-engage with course content if they respond adaptively to the boredom signal. For example, students can utilize cognitive approach strategies in which they alter their perception of boring material to make it more appealing to them.
Sponsor: Knowledge Mobilization at York - York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit provides services for faculty, graduate students, community and government seeking to maximize the impact of academic research and expertise on public policy, social programming, and professional practice. This summary has been supported by the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation at York and project funding from SSHRC and CIHR. kmbunit@yorku.ca www.researchimpact.ca
Subject: Boredom
Type: Research Summary
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35980
Citation: Mugon, J., Danckert, J., Eastwood, J. (January 2019). The costs and benefits of boredom in the classroom. In The Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Date: 2018

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