Christine S. GeierFranz X. Bogner

Learning at workstations

Students’ satisfaction, attitudes towards cooperative learning and intrinsic motivation

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Abstract

194 5th graders participated in an age-appropriate anti-smoking study of a special student-centered learning form called ‘learning at workstations – health hazards of smoking’. The educational intervention was implemented in school classroom. The methodical focus was cooperative learning with comparing both factual knowledge and behavioral skills relevant to smoking education. Empirical scores revealed a clear preference for behavioral-based workstations. Students’ satisfaction with the knowledge-related workstations was shown to correspond to their attitudes towards cooperative learning and to their interest and perceived choice, whereas the behavioral-based ones did not show any such correspondence.

Keywords
Learning at workstations; Cooperative instruction; Intrinsic motivation; Antismoking prevention