Conative and Affective Process Analysis

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Intrinsic Motivation and Instructional Effectiveness in Computer-Based Education

Mark R. Lepper Stanford University

Thomas W. Malone Xerox Palo Alto Research Center*

Our goal in this chapter is to examine the relationship between intrinsic motivation and instructional effectiveness, in the context of the study of computer-based educational activities for children. In so doing, our hope is to illustrate the value of using computer-based learning as a laboratory for reviving classic issues in educational and social psychology and for examining those issues in a manner that highlights both their considerable theoretical significance and their immediate social importance. In the process, we wish to build upon the motivational analysis presented in the preceding chapter and raise, at this point, a set of conceptually related issues concerning the application of this analysis to the question of when computer-based techniques for enhancing intrinsic motivation will also increase, and when they may decrease, the effectiveness of the computer as an instructional medium.


UNDERSTANDING INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

As a starting point, consider the utility of the computer as a laboratory for studying the variables that affect intrinsic motivation -- for studying what determines when a child will find a set of activities or educational materials to be highly motivating ( Malone, 1981a, 1981b). Clearly, one thing that the advent of microcomputers as educational tools has done is to make salient issues of motivational appeal. Suppose that one wishes to teach children about addition and subtraction of fractions, using the computer, and to provide them with practice at

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Thomas W. Malone is now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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