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Ученици и учители: за мотивацията на учениците да учат химия в училище
Students and Their Teachers: Motivation of Learning Chemistry in School

Author(s): Vesela Todorova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, School education, Vocational Education, Educational Psychology, State/Government and Education, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Sociology of Education
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: motivation towards chemistry; chemistry teachers; science education; chemistry education

Summary/Abstract: The attitude to a subject and the desire to study depends on a large extent on the students‘ motivation. The characteristics of learning environment, teaching methods and teachers’ attitude towards students in the classroom are among the most studied factors for students’ learning motivation in various subjects. There is relatively little research in the field of science education. The article presents the results of students’ and teachers’ research on influence of the learning environment created by the teacher on students’ motivation to learn chemistry. The research methods are a survey of 440 students and 17 chemistry teachers, and targeted observation of eight teachers in a class. According to the students, the studied aspects of learning environment have an impact on their motivation. The results of surveys and observations in the classroom show that the actions and behavior of teachers affect the motivation of students, but compared to students, teachers often overestimate the impact of the classroom conditions they have created. The study confirms the assumption that the learning environment and the teacher are among the most important factors for increasing chemistry-learning motivation. Another important motivational factor that stimulate chemistry learning is the future career choices young people make.

  • Issue Year: 29/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 364-380
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian